BCCI to appeal against Ravindra Jadeja's fine over spat with James Anderson

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The most powerful cricketing body, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday looked miffed over the International Cricket Council`s (ICC) verdict, in which it imposed a fine on Ravindra Jadeja for an altercation with England pacer James Anderson during the first Test match at Nottingham in Trent Bridge.

The BCCI has decided to appeal against the fine, according to which Ravindra Jadeja was found guilty of Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, and therefore fined 50% of his match fee.

"The BCCI has taken note of the ICC Match Referee's decision to find Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 'Breach of Conduct' for his involvement in an incident on the second day of the Nottingham Test of the ongoing series between India and England," the BCCI said in a statement.

"The BCCI wishes to make it clear that it is not satisfied with the verdict. The BCCI reserves its right to appeal against the sentence. The BCCI believes that Mr Ravindra Jadeja was not at fault, and supports him fully," it added.

But according to few cricket experts ICC`s decision in respect of a first Level 1 offence is non-appealable and it shall remain the full and final decision in relation to the matter.

Few days back, match referee David Boon had found Jadeja not guilty of original offence, but guilty of ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’ (Article 2.1.8). On the other hand the hearing of James Anderson will be held on August 1.

The ICC had also charged James Anderson over an alleged confrontation with Jadeja during the drawn first Test at Nottingham.

The ICC said Anderson had been charged for allegedly "abusing and pushing" Jadeja after they left the field for lunch on Thursday`s second day when the Indian was batting.

With Anderson`s hearing on August 1, it means the fast bowler will play the third Test match against India in Southampton starting on Sunday.

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