ICC decide not to appeal against Anderson’s not guilty verdict

"We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action"

“We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action”

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) have decided not to appeal against England pace bowler James Anderson’s not guilty verdict.

After being found not guilty, Anderson admitted that he had pushed and sworn at India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the first Test in Nottingham when both teams were walking off the pitch for the lunch break.

“This outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said. “The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions. We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action.

“It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct. There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony. After carefully considering the decision by Gordon Lewis, whose vast experience was invaluable to the process over recent weeks, we believe that no further purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings.”

When asked about the offensive language that had been used during the altercation, Richardson said: “International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another.

“It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game.”

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