ICC to consider Lewis ruling appeal
12:58pm Tuesday 5th August 2014 in © Press Association 2014
The International Cricket Council has announced it is to consider the ruling from the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja case before deciding whether to appeal.
England seamer Anderson was last week cleared of any wrongdoing by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis relating to an incident with India all-rounder Jadeja in the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge, with insufficient evidence said to be crucial in the retired Australian judge's verdict.
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India unable to appeal the decision, only the ICC - where India hold increasingly significant political sway - can act.
While it may yet decide there is no case to answer, an appeal could mean both decisions are liable to be overturned although the ICC has until Sunday before it decides whether or not to take the case further.
The body said in a short statement: "The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that it has received and is considering the written decision of His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings that England's James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Player Support Personnel, following an exhaustive disciplinary hearing which was held in Southampton on Friday.
"As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has seven days - until Sunday, 10 August - to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.
"The ICC will make no further comment on this matter until the decision has been made."
Anderson was in danger of facing a ban of up to four Tests if found guilty of a Level 3 charge of ''pushing and abusing'' Jadeja in the pavilion stairwell during lunch on day two of the Test in Nottingham, but Lewis had decided neither player had transgressed.
That meant that Jadeja was also cleared of a lesser charge for his part in the spat.