BCCI backs side, questions lack of video evidence in Jadeja-Anderson altercation

Jul 21 2014, 08:36 IST
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SummaryFor the first time after the controversy broke out, the BCCI has backed the Indian cricket team...

For the first time after the controversy broke out, the BCCI has backed the Indian cricket team over the alleged altercation between James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja. The Indian team had accused Anderson of initiating physical contact with Jadeja during the lunch break on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Anderson will attend a preliminary hearing in London on Tuesday morning, after he was charged with a Level 3 offence under the ICC’s code of conduct. If found guilty, Anderson could be suspended for anything up to four Tests. England had also hit back against India’s allegation by making a complaint about Jadeja leading to the ICC levelling a Level 2 charge.

The Indian board, whose top brass was here at Lord’s on Day four of the second Test, is learned to have expressed its displeasure over the lack of video evidence that could have shed light on the alleged incident.

With both players expected to offer conflicting versions of the incident, India had requested that footage from a video camera situated just outside the dressing rooms where the incident occurred be made available. However a Nottinghamshire spokesman confirmed that while a camera had been installed in the relevant area it had not been active at the time. The ECB and Nottingham have denied that they had attempted to suppress evidence.

It is also learnt that the BCCI has expressed its disappointment over the fact that none of the broadcasters appear to have footage of the alleged incident. A BCCI source also said they had made a complaint to following increased frustration over Anderson’s behaviour. The BCCI was also understood to be upset that the ECB had tried to persuade India coach Duncan Fletcher to have the charge withdrawn.

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