The International Cricket Council has decided to probe the allegations against England pace bowler James Anderson for “abusing and pushing” team India batsman Ravindra Jadeja. The incident occurred around the lunch time of second day of the first test at Nottingham. Indian team manager Sunil Dev lodged the complaint after speaking to the captain DHoni, coach Fletcher and few other players.
“Mahi and everyone complained that he physically touched him [Jadeja] and pushed him. It was all over the dressing room,” Dev said. “It is serious matter only because you can’t push anybody. So I put in a complaint with the match referee.”
The investigation has to take place within 14 days of the complaint. If found guilty, even the minimum level punishment would mean a ban of at least two tests.
The English cricket board described the incident a “minor one”” and expressed surprise that the Indian side decided to complain on this, and in return, decided to file a disciplinary charge against Jadeja.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today reacted with surprise that the India team has made allegations against James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for a minor incident involving Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge, In the light of this the ECB has notified the ICC of its intention to lodge code of conduct breaches against Jadeja. James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB has pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC,” the ECB said in a statement.
The second test between the teams is scheduled to start tomorrow at Lords.