The BCCI plans to appeal against the ICC's decision to fine Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, following his altercation with England pacer James Anderson.
Jadeja was docked 50 per cent of his match fee by match referee David Boon for the on-field incident with Anderson but the player was not found guilty for the original level 2 offence charged by the England team management.
Following ICC's announcement, a miffed BCCI said it reserved its right to appeal against the sentence. In a media statement, the BCCI said, "The BCCI has taken note of the ICC Match Referee’s decision to find Ravindra Jadeja guilty of a Level 1 ‘Breach of Conduct’ for his involvement in an incident on the second day of the Nottingham Test of the ongoing series between India and England.”
“The BCCI wishes to make it clear that it is not satisfied with the verdict. The BCCI reserves its right to appeal against the sentence.
“The BCCI believes that Mr Ravindra Jadeja was not at fault, and supports him fully,” it added.
The incident occurred during the lunch break of the second day’s play at Nottingham during which, the Indians claim that Anderson had allegedly “abused” and “pushed” Jadeja as the players were making their way into the dressing rooms.
The England team management, which had initially described it as a “minor” incident, later filed a counter-charge against Jadeja.
Boon held a hearing in Southampton on Thursday, which was attended by both the players, their legal counsels, witnesses as well as BCCI’s MV Sridhar, Phil Neale and Paul Downton of the ECB, and the ICC’s Ethics & Regulatory Lawyer.
Commenting on his decision, Boon said: “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 Jadeja had committed a level 1 offence under Article 2.1.8 of the Code.”
Boon will provide his detailed judgement within the next 48 hours.
All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty off 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.
The hearing for Anderson, who has been charged with a level 3 offence, has been fixed on August 1.
The ICC-appointed Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis will be required to announce his decision within 48 hours after the detailed hearing August 1.
Charged with a level 3 offence, Anderson faces a ban of upto two Tests and eight ODIs if found guilty.
All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight suspension points while Level 2 offences carry a fine of between 50-100 per cent of applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points.
Two suspension points equal to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on the player's upcoming match.