London, July 16: England have hit back at India as their team manager has charged all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja with a Level 2 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct in an alleged incident involving the left-hander and England paceman James Anderson.
India had complained that Anderson had "abused" and "pushed" Jadeja during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. For the same, ICC had yesterday (July 15) charged the fast bowler under Level 3 of ICC Code of Conduct. Now, England have counter-charged the Indian player.
"The ICC today confirmed that England team manager Phil Neale has charged India's Ravindra Jadeja under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel for an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge," ICC said in a media statement on Wednesday.
"The alleged offence has been reported under Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, 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," ICC added.
England alleged that Jadeja "turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner."
"Jadeja has been charged for his alleged altercation with England's James Anderson after they left the field for lunch on Thursday (July 10). It is alleged that after the players left the public area and entered the pavilion, Jadeja turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner," ICC said.
All Level 2 breaches carry a fine of between 50-100 per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two 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.