The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to appeal against the penalty handed out to Ravindra Jadeja involved in the James Anderson controversy.
The 25-year-old Indian all-rounder was fined 50 percent of the match fees after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct in the first Test against England which happened at Trent Bridge.
Appeal on the way
"The Board will go for appeal in ICC. We will put forward our case before ICC and we hope that justice will be done with Mr Jadeja," BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla was quoted telling the reporters on Saturday.
"Right now it won't be appropriate for me to comment about it, but I think injustice has been meted out to Mr Jadeja and we will fight it out in the ICC."
Shukla was speaking to the media after the BCCI's Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee’s meeting that also included the announcement of the venues for the West Indies series later in this year.
"The BCCI wishes to make it clear that it is not satisfied with the verdict. The BCCI reserves its right to appeal.
"The BCCI believes that Mr Ravindra Jadeja was not at fault, and supports him fully," the BCCI had commented earlier after match referee David Boon decided to penalise the Saurashtra player.
However, the left-hander was cleared of the original charge pressed by the England Cricket Board – Level 2, for walking towards Anderson in an “aggressive and threatening manner”.
Anderson awaits hearing
Anderson’s hearing by the ICC is set to take place on August 1 via video conferencing after the conclusion of the third Test happening at Rose Bowl.
Gordon Lewis, the judicial commissioner from Australia who is the person in charge, will be making the final call on the matter. The pace bowler was charged with a Level 3 offence for “pushing” and “abusing” the all-rounder.
However, it’s a strange predicament that the BCCI find themselves in as Level 1 offences cannot be appealed against according to ICC regulations.