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India have reported England pace bowler James Anderson under Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for allegedly “abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja” on the second day of the first Test in Nottingham.
The complaint was brought forth by India team manager Sunil Dev.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were surprised by India’s decision to complain against a “minor incident” and added that they were considering lodging a complaint against Jadeja as well.
“James Anderson categorically denies the accusations made against him and the ECB have pledged their total support for the player should he be charged,” the ECB said.
Anderson was reported under Article 2.3.3, 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”.
If he is found guilty, Anderson’s suspension could range between two Tests or four ODIs to four Tests or eight ODIs.
“Level 3 charges are referred to a Judicial Commissioner for adjudication,” the ICC said. “As such, where required under Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the ICC will appoint a Judicial Commissioner who will hold a hearing as soon as reasonably practicable. These details will be announced in due course.
“All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight suspension points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player.”