ICC to consider Anderson verdict after India protest

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will consider a judicial commissioner’s verdict clearing England fast bowler James Anderson of a code of conduct breach after the Indian cricket board expressed its disappointment with the decision. “The ICC today confirmed that it has received and is considering the written decision of His Honour Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings ... “ the governing body said in a statement.
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has until Sunday to decide whether to lodge an appeal against the decision. Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja were involved in a verbal altercation during the first Test at Trent Bridge last month and media reports said the heated dispute continued after they left the field. Both players were found not guilty after a six-hour video-conference hearing on Friday and, under the rules, only Richardson can appeal against the commissioner’s verdict.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel denied the game’s most powerful board had requested Richardson to appeal the verdict. “What we have done is we’ve written a letter to the ICC saying we are not happy with the verdict,” Patel told Reuters. “We don’t have a right to appeal in this case,” he added. The spat could have resulted in a four-Test ban for Anderson, England’s second-highest ever wicket taker, if a guilty verdict had been returned. The fourth Test of the five-match series starts at Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday with the teams level at 1-1.

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