India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50% of his match fee after he was involved in an altercation with English cricketer James Anderson. The incident took place during the first Test match of the current series that is taking place between India and England.
The altercation that took place between the two player took place off the filed, The match referee, David Boon, has found Jadeja guilty of the offence, although he downgraded the offence from a level two offence to a level one offence.
When the hearing took place, the Australian referee, Boon, said: “While I was in no doubt that the 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 two offence. Having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a level one offence.”
While Jadeja’s offence was downgraded to a level one offence, Anderson has been charged with a level three offence. Anderson has remained in the game at this time, and will be attending a hearing on 1st August. Anderson could be facing as much as a four-Test ban from the ICC if he is found guilty. If found guilty, Anderson will not be playing in the fourth Test that is taking place at his Lancashire home ground.
Jadeja’s appeal will be heard on 1st August at the same time that the Anderson disciplinary hearing will take place. In most cases of level one offenses, it is not possible to appeal, however, Jadeja has been given permission to appeal by the International Cricket Council. The ICC gave permission for the appeal after the Board of Control for Cricket in India submitted a request to appeal the referee’s decision. Both Jadeja’s case and Anderson’s case will be heard by Gordon Lewis, a retired judge.