Manchester: Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has slammed the ‘not guilty’ verdict given to James Anderson in the ‘pushgate’ incident and said the administrators of the game have sent out a “wrong message” by letting off the England pacer without any punishment.
Dravid has said that Anderson, who allegedly pushed Ravindra Jadeja, warranted some reprimand as evidence of abuse was clearly mentioned in umpire Bruce Oxenford’s report. “The message we’ve given out at the moment, the game has given out, is that it’s okay to do this stuff (abuse), which I think is wrong. I think there needed to be some sort of action taken,” Dravid told a cricket website. “Some punishments needed to be handed out. We all know from Bruce Oxenford’s report what Jimmy (Anderson) has said, the words that he’s used. That is on the report and no one is denying the fact that there was that kind of abuse and England is claiming that Jadeja turned and so we must bring that into the equation as well, but at the end of all of this, we have seen no punishments handed out,” he said. The infamous pushgate incident took place as the players were leaving for lunch during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge.