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Jadeja faces ban after England file Level 2 charge
EVEN though the second Test between India and England at Lord's is just hours away, the issue on most fans' minds is the spat between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja.
And now, in a retaliatory move, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have filed a Level 2 charge against the Indian left-arm spinner, who, if found guilty, could banned for one Test or two ODIs and docked 100 per cent of match fee.
This comes after the English Board made its displeasure clear over the manner in which the Indian team management handled the whole issue. Even though the ECB wanted the matter to be solved amicably, India manager Sunil Dev reported Anderson to match referee David Boon for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja as the players walked off the field at lunch on Day 2 of the first Test at Trent Bridge.
While the England pacer was charged with a Level Three offence -- under the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel -- on Tuesday, Anderson defended himself by saying his action was an act of self-defence.
In fact, the picture drawn by the English camp is that Jadeja had moved towards the pacer in an intimidatory manner as the players were going towards the dressing room and Anderson put his hands up in defence.
Speaking to M AIL T ODAY , Sunil Dev said he had no clue if the 'reflex action' theory was true. "I wasn't present there when the altercation took place. I was briefed by Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. So I am not in a position to comment on the theory," he said.
A source in the Indian management though claimed that Anderson was clearly at fault.
"You have to understand that since Level 3 charges were suggested, the ICC studied the whole scenario carefully before deciding to charge Anderson. After all, it is not every day that players are charged under Level 3. Also, a lawyer was flown to England to try and solve the issue amicably, but it was felt that Anderson had no right to engage in physical altercation," he told M AIL T ODAY . The adjudicator who will investigate the case will be named on Thursday by the ICC.
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