Judicial Commissioner finds James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja not guilty

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Gordon Lewis, who was appointed as the judicial commissioner to look into the altercation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, on Friday, didn`t find any of the two players guilty.

The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via video-conference and put an end to the suspense surrounding the fate of the two players.

"His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, has found both England`s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct," ICC said in a statement.

The ECB and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja.

The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB`s Paul Downton, the BCCI`s Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC`s General Manager (Cricket), Geoff Allardice, and the ICC`s Ethics and Regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark.

Earlir on Wednesday, the ICC had accepted BCCI`s request to appeal against match referee David Boon`s decision to impose a fine of 50% on Ravindra Jadeja for an altercation with James Anderson in the first Test match at Nottingham in Trent Bridge.

The ICC had earlier stated that Jadeja was found guilty of Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, and therefore fined 50% of match fee.

Boon found Jadeja not guilty of original offence, but guilty of ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’ (Article 2.1.8).

Regarding the same incident, ICC had charged 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.

Anderson and Jadeja were charged under Level 3 and 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India team manager Sunil Dev and England team manager Phil Neale, respectively.