ICC will not appeal decision to clear England bowler James Anderson of misconduct
Last Updated: 07/08/14 10:55am
The International Cricket Council will not appeal against the decision to clear James Anderson of misconduct in his clash with Ravindra Jadeja.
Anderson was cleared of a Level 3 charge last week, relating to an incident between him and the India all-rounder during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
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The ICC retained the right to appeal that decision, and had come under pressure from the Board for Control of Cricket in India to do so, but the case is now closed.
ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “This outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached.
“It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct.
"There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony.
"After carefully considering the decision by Gordon Lewis, whose vast experience was invaluable to the process over recent weeks, we believe that no further purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings.
“The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions. We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action.
International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.
“As a matter of best practice, the ICC will now review the procedures as set out in the Code and reflect upon the comments made by Gordon Lewis in his decision about how a case of this nature might better be provided for in the future.”
Anderson is alleged to have used offensive language towards Jadeja, and Richardson took the chance to reiterate that such personal insults have no place in cricket.
He added: “International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.
“It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game.”