Anderson-Jadeja spat: ICC rejects BCCI`s plea

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday rejected Indian cricket board`s plea against James Anderson`s verdict. According to the statement released by international cricket body, it found no merit in the appeal of the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that it has received and considered the written decision of His Honour Gordon Lewis AM in respect of his findings that England's James Anderson and India's Ravindra Jadeja were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, following an extensive disciplinary hearing held in Southampton on Friday." ICC said in a statement.

It also added: “After assessing the content of the decision, the ICC is satisfied with the reasons provided and has elected not to exercise its discretion to appeal against the decision relating to James Anderson, pursuant to clause 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct."

ICC CEO, Dave Richardson, is also satisfied as he stated: "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."

Earlier Gordon Lewis` verdict pronounced both James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja "not guilty" in the Trent Bridge altercation, against which BCCI on Tuesday had requested ICC CEO Dave Richardson to revisit Anderson`s not-guilty verdict.

The decision on whether to appeal or not against Lewis` verdict was entirely on Richardson.

Richardson had received the written copy of the verdict by Lewis when he came back from leave and resumed his duties at the ICC headquarters in Dubai.

The former South Africa wicketkeeper had been entrusted with the task of looking into the issue, since ICC chairman N Srinivasan had indicated that he would ideally like to refrain from taking any particular stand on the issue.