James Anderson was let off by the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner © Getty Images
James Anderson was let off by the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner © Getty Images

Aug 6, 2014

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that it will not be appealing the decision made by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, who had cleared both James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of breaching ICC Code of Conduct for players

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier appealed the ICC to look into the matter after Anderson was declared not guilty by the judicial commission. Indian all-rounder Jadeja’s fine of 50 per cent match fees was also taken back.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a release, “This outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached.

“It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct. There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony. 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,” the release added.

The release added, “The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions. We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action. As a matter of best practice, the ICC will now review the procedures as set out in the Code and reflect upon the comments made by Gordon Lewis in his decision about how a case of this nature might better be provided for in the future.”

Talking about offensive language used by the cricketers, Richardson commended, “International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another. It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game.”

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