No Appeal Against Anderson/Jadeja Hearing Decision - ICC
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has completed its review of the James Anderson/Ravindra Jadeja hearing and decided not to appeal against the Judicial Commissioner's decision.
10th July: The two players are involved in an altercation as they leave the field of play at lunch.
15th July: Indian team management charge James Anderson with a Level 3 breach.
16th July: The England team management respond by supporting Anderson and charging Jadeja with a Level 2 breach.
16th July: England captain Alastair Cook defends Anderson while Indian captain MS Dhoni supports Jadeja.
17th July: ICC appoints Gordon Lewis AM to chair Anderson's hearing and confirms match referee David Boon will chair Jadeja's hearing.
22nd July: Anderson's hearing date is set for 1st August, one day after the third Test concludes, in Southampton.
25th July: Jadeja is found not guilty of a Level 2 offence but is found guilty of a Level 1 offence and fined 50 per cent of his match fee. The decision is expected to be final and non-appealable.
26th July: In his pre-match press conference in Southampton, Dhoni describes the decision as 'hurtful'.
27th July: ICC issue a statement calling for all parties - specifically citing Cook and Dhoni - to respect the judicial process ahead of Anderson's hearing.
30th July: ICC confirm that they will hear an appeal against Jadeja's fine on 1st August.
1st August: Both players are cleared of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Jadeja's fine is repealed.
5th August: ICC confirms receipt of written decision and announces it is 'considering' whether to appeal
6th August: ICC confirms they will not appeal the decision.
ICC chief executive David Richardson confirmed that the ICC is satisfied with the outcome of the hearing and will not be taking any further action.
"This outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached," Richardson said.
"It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct.
"There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony.
"After carefully considering the decision by Gordon Lewis, whose vast experience was invaluable to the process over recent weeks, we believe that no further purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings.
"The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions.
"We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action.
"As a matter of best practice, the ICC will now review the procedures as set out in the Code and reflect upon the comments made by Gordon Lewis in his decision about how a case of this nature might better be provided for in the future."
The decision to not appeal means that the case, which saw Anderson stand accused of a breach of Level 3 of the Code of Conduct and Jadeja fined for a breach of Level 1, only to see that fine lifted on appeal, is closed one day before England and India meet in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
However, Richardson added that offensive language has no place in the game, particularly if it is of a personal nature.
"International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.
"It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game."
The incident occurred as the players left the field on day two of the opening Test at Trent Bridge, and subsequently charges were brought by the team management.
While Jadeja's Level 2 charge was initially heard by match referee David Boon, Anderson's Level 3 charge required a Judicial Commissioner, and the hearing was held on 1st August.
After being cleared of breaching Level 2, Jadeja was instead charged with a Level 1 breach of the Code and fined.
He was allowed to appeal against this charge which was heard on the same day.
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