Anderson not in the clear just yet

04 August 2014


Details of spiteful exchange at Trent Bridge revealed

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson may yet be punished for his altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test at Trent Bridge last month.

Anderson was cleared of any wrongdoing over the incident on Friday (UK time), with Australian commissioner Gordon Lewis citing a lack of evidence.

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But the matter may still be reopened, with The Daily Mail reporting that Indian officials are considering lobbying ICC chief executive Dave Richardson to challenge Lewis’s decision.

Under ICC laws, Richardson is the only man capable of appealing the original decision.

The Mail is reporting that Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) chairman N Srinivasan, who also serves as the ICC chairman, is on the brink of requesting Richardson makes an appeal.

The BCCI's lawyers will read over a report of Friday's findings before deciding whether or not to take further action.

"We are expected to receive a detailed copy of the order that was passed by the Judicial Commissioner either by today or tomorrow," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

"We will only be able to take a call in this regard after receiving the order copy.

"A detailed legal analysis is required before deciding on future course.

"Our legal team will study the report and will give us feedback.

"In such cases, every point needs to be studied minutely and it will take some time.

"So it is premature to conclude whether we will appeal."

While England and India have contrasting versions of what happened in the pavilion at Trent Bridge, Anderson has admitted to abusing Jadeja and acting in breach of the spirit of cricket.

According to several media outlets, Anderson did not contest the charge that he called Jadeja a "f***ing p**ck" and a "f***ing c**t" when he appealed for a catch just before lunch on day two of the match.

Anderson also admitted to abusing Jadeja again when the two came together in the corridor during the lunch break, but contested the BCCI's claim that he had threatened to break Jadeja's teeth.

The details of the alleged physical altercation between the two – India say Anderson pushed Jadeja, England say Anderson acted in self-defence when Jadeja allegedly turned aggressively towards him – remains a case of one man's word against another.

Commissioner Lewis, who took just 10 minutes to dismiss the case after a six-hour hearing on Friday, said witnesses to the incident were "hopelessly biased" and the only neutral testimony, from a Nottinghamshire steward, was inconclusive.

"In short I do not know on the evidence, and to the relevant standard of proof, what happened in the corridor leading to the stairway in those few seconds after the batsmen and fielding side came in for lunch," Lewis said.

"I cannot be comfortably satisfied as to the truth of either version of the evidence.

"Obviously one version of the facts must be untrue but the existing CCTV image is unhelpful and the witnesses hopelessly biased in favour of one party or the other."

According to The Mail, the lack of video evidence is the main reason why Indian officials weren't satisfied with Friday's hearing.

The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) cameras installed around the dressing rooms failed to pick up the incident, while a CCTV camera was apparently not switched on.

The Mail is reporting that India's management is not satisfied with the claim from Trent Bridge officials that they have no footage of the incident available.

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