Southampton, Aug 1: After all those accusations and counter accusations by India and England in James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja altercation, ICC has let off both players, saying "not guilty" of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.
After a six-hour hearing on Friday, His Honour Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner announced that both Anderson and Jadeja were found "not guilty".
"His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, has found both England's James Anderson and Ravidra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct," ICC said in a media statement today.
Anderson allegedly "pushed" and "abused" Jadeja during the first Test in Nottingham. For the same, ICC had fined Jadeja 50 per cent of his match fee. The verdict was appealed by BCCI. Now that appeal has been upheld and Jadeja is not guilty.
"The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via videoconference. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels," ICC added.
The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja.
The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB's Paul Downton, the BCCI's Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC's General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, and the ICC's Ethics and Regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark.
Anderson was charged under Level 3 and Jadeja, initially charged by ECB for Level 2 offence but later to Level 1. If Anderson was found guilty he could have been banned for at least 2 Test matches.