London - India
all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 percent of his match fee
after being found guilty of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the
game", the International Cricket Council announced on Friday.
However, he was not banned and remains free to play in the rest of the ongoing five-Test series with England.
25, was involved in an incident with England seamer James Anderson
during the lunch break on the second day of the drawn first Test at
Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground on July 10.
Jadeja with a Level Two offence under the ICC's code of conduct in
retaliation for India bringing a more serious Level Three charge against
Anderson for allegedly "abused and pushing" Jadeja.
match referee David Boon, following a two-and-a-half hour hearing in
Southampton on Thursday involving the two players, their lawyers and
representatives of both teams, downgraded Jadeja's offence to Level One
While a Level Two infringement could have seen Jadeja
banned for one match, the maximum penalty for a Level One breach is 50
percent of a player's match fee.
"While I was in no doubt that
confrontation did occur, and that such conduct was not in the spirit of
the game and should not have taken place, I was not comfortably
satisfied that this was a level two offence," Boon said in an ICC
"Therefore, in exercising my discretion under article
7.6.5 of the Code and having heard all the evidence, I was comfortably
satisfied that Mr Jadeja had committed a level one offence under article
2.1.8 of the Code," the former Australia batsman added.
Boon found Jadeja guilty of a lesser charge than the one levelled
against him by England, India team management were unhappy with his
In a statement, they said they were "not satisfied with
the verdict" and reserved their right of appeal, adding they believed
"Jadeja was "not at fault", and that he had their full support.
An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman told AFP they were not commenting on the Jadeja decision.
case will be dealt with in a separate hearing under ICC code of conduct
commissioner Gordon Lewis on August 1 - the day after the third Test
in Southampton, in which the England paceman, like Jadeja, is free to
play - is due to finish.
If found guilty of a Level Three offence, Anderson faces a ban of between two to four Tests.
would rule him out of both next month's fourth Test on his Lancashire
home ground of Old Trafford and the series finale at The Oval in south
However, Lewis, like Boon, does have the option to
downgrade the charge facing Anderson if he finds him not guilty of a
Level Three infringement.
Level Two offences carry a fine of
between 50-100 percent of a player's match fee and/or up two suspension
points, which equates to a ban of one Test.
India lead the series
1-0 after their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's on Monday, the
match ending with Jadeja's run out of Anderson after which the players
were seen shaking hands.