England hit back at Team India with Level 2 charge against Ravindra Jadeja
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: England have charged India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja with a Level 2 offence under the ICC Code of Conduct for his role in an alleged incident involving England pacer James Anderson on the second day of the first Test.
England have claimed that Jadeja `took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner`
The charge against Jadeja was brought by England team manager Phil Neale, in response to India charging Anderson with a Level 3 offence.
"It is alleged that after the players left the public area and entered the pavilion [for lunch], Jadeja turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner," the ICC said.
All Level 2 breaches carry a fine of between 50-100% of the match fee and/or up to two suspension points. Two suspension points can lead to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs.
Earlier in the day, England skipper Alastair Cook claimed that Anderson has been specifically targeted by India ahead of the second Test starting at Lord`s on Thursday.
"Yes I think so. This is tactical from India," Cook said when when asked specifically if Anderson had been targeted.
Anderson was on Tuesday charged for allegedly "abusing and pushing" Jadeja while walking out for the Trent Bridge pavilion at lunch on the second day of the first Test.