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An abusive England pacer James Anderson had threatened to walk into the Indian dressing room and break all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s teeth during the incident that happened in the corridor approaching the dressing room at Trent Bridge last month. This has emerged from the hearing of the incident on Friday, where judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis found Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct.
During the hearing, Anderson confessed to pushing and abusing Jadeja but insisted that the physical contact was an instinctive reaction, a move in self-defence as the Indian all-rounder had moved aggressively towards him. The Indians who testified at the hearing said Jadeja did not react at all to the string of abuses that Anderson directed at him towards the end of the second session during the first Test.
Going by the cross-examination and witness statements, it is learnt that the following sequence of events unfolded at Trent Bridge. It started with Anderson repeated calling Jadeja “f***ing c**t, f***ing p**k” as the players left the field for lunch on day 2 of the first Test. Once in the corridor before the dressing room, things came to a boil. When Jadeja turned towards Anderson, he pushed him and said, “Go to your f***ing dressing room. I’ll come there and break your f***ing teeth.”
By then, Indian skipper M S Dhoni intervened and dared Anderson to do that, if he was ready to face the consequences.
It has also come to light that one of the field umpires said at the hearing that he had intervened when Anderson had started abusing Jadeja on the field. The umpire had asked the England pacer “not to utter any other word”. Meanwhile, coach Duncan Fletcher said at the hearing that the ECB, through their officials, had tried to cut a deal with him. They wanted India to bring down the charges from Level 3 to 2.
It is also understood that the conflicting statements by the witnesses from either sides, combined with the lack of visual evidence — there was no camera in the corridor where the incident took place — was the reason behind Anderson being let off the hook and the judicial commissioner squashing the Level 3 charges. The written verdict will be out within 24 hours.
The Indian board can’t appeal this decision. According to the norms, it is only the ICC’s chief executive who can ask for a fresh review