London: With the Indian cricket board expressing its unhappiness over the ruling of judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, who found both James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty of violating the code of conduct of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ICC has announced that it is considering to appeal against the decision.
The governing body of international cricket said it is considering the written decision of judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, who found the pair not guilty of breaching the ICC’s code of conduct following a disciplinary hearing in Southampton on Friday.
The ICC added: “As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC chief executive David Richardson has seven days — until Sunday, 10 August — to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.
“The ICC will make no further comment on this matter until the decision has been made,” Sport 24 quoted it, as saying in a statement.
India charged fast bowler Anderson and England counter-charged all-rounder Jadeja regarding an incident that took place on the second day of the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 10.
Anderson and Jadeja, batting at the time, were seen exchanging words as the players left the field during the lunch break.
It was alleged that this had escalated into a more serious disagreement, beyond public view, when the players reached the privacy of the pavilion.
But Lewis, a retired Australian judge, found Anderson not guilty of a Level Three offence of “abusing and pushing” Jadeja, who had his 50 percent match-fee fine for a less serious Level One offence rescinded.
Anderson could have been banned for up to four Tests if he had been found guilty and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed disappointment with the decision to clear him.