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Ravindra Jadeja “unfairly” fined by ICC, says Rajeev Shukla

Ravindra Jadeja "unfairly" fined by ICC, says BCCI Rajeev Shukla
Earlier, Rajeev Shukla confident of ICC taking tougher action © IANS

By Sudatta Mukherjee

Jul 25, 2014

Former chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL) Rajeev Shukla feels that Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been unfairly fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.

Earlier, Jadeja was fined 50 percent of his match-fee after match referee David Boon found him guilty of a Level 1 offence. Jadeja was involved in an altercation with England seamer James Anderson, who has also been charged for allegedly pushing Jadeja and abusing him. The Indian all-rounder has been found guilty of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game.

ICC’s official website quoted Boon, “Under Article 6.1 of the Code, I had to be comfortably satisfied that the offence had occurred in order to find Mr Jadeja guilty of an offence under Article 2.2.11. While I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably satisfied that this was a level 2 offence. Therefore, in exercising my discretion under Article 7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code.”

The hearing lasted for two and a half hours and Boon examined statements from both sides. He also took a note of the witness statements and the video footage that was available. Meanwhile, Anderson’s hearing is due to take place after the Southampton Test.

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