The ICC confirmed on Wednesday that England team manager Phil Neale has charged India’s Ravinda Jadeja under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel for an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge.
The alleged offence has been reported under Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.”
Jadeja has been charged for his alleged altercation with England’s James Anderson after they left the field for lunch on Thursday. It is alleged that after the players left the public area and entered the pavilion, Jadeja turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner.
Earlier, England seamer Anderson was charged by the International Cricket Council for allegedly “abusing and pushing” Jadeja.
If the charge is upheld, Anderson could be banned for as many as four Tests.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted on Wednesday his side had been right to complain about the conduct of England’s James Anderson.
England captain Alastair Cook suggested at a pre-match press conference at Lord’s, ahead of Thursday’s second Test, that India’s complaint had been a deliberate tactic to get Anderson banned from the rest of the five-match series.
However, Dhoni — speaking later at Lord’s — said: “We felt what happened was wrong so we went ahead with the charges.
“It’s not something that we have done. Let’s realise the fact.
“In a Press conference you can ask me tough questions.
“I have the right to answer them or not to answer them, but in no way can I go and touch you or you can come and touch me,” the wicketkeeper-batsman added.
Dhoni added: “It was good on Jadeja’s part to not really do something.
“It could have gone a bit far, but I felt he addressed this in the most appropriate manner.
“Someone has to back off at the right time. At the end of the day we play sport and lot of people look up to us, and there is a lot of responsibility on us.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Cook accused India of making a “mountain out of a molehill” in an effort to try to get Anderson banned… see more