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London: Jul 15, 2014
England paceman James Anderson has been charged under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India manager Sunil Dev following an official complaint by India, it was announced Tuesday — just two days before the teams meet for the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
ICC released a statement on Tuesday, “Anderson has been charged for allegedly abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja immediately after they left the field for lunch on Thursday. It is alleged that this was a continuation of a verbal altercation between Anderson and Jadeja as they were walking from the field.”
Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication. As such, where required under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judicial Commissioner who will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. These details will be announced in due course.
Earlier, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in a brief statement, said it had “reacted with surprise” to Anderson being referred for a Level Three breach of the code in what it said was a “minor incident” and promised to cite Jadeja for breaches of the code were action to be taken against their spearhead seamer.
“James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged by ICC,” the statement said.
The ECB added that under the Code it could not comment further and that any more enquiries should be directed to the ICC at the global governing body’s Dubai headquarters.
Offences under Level Three, deemed to be the second-most serious under the four section code, include “threat of assault on a player, team official, or spectator” and “using language or gestures that offends race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin”.
Players found guilty of a Level Three offence can be banned for between two to three Tests or four to eight one-day internationals.
(More inputs from AFP)
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