Respect judicial process: ICC

Respect judicial process: ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday urged all relevant parties to respect the judicial process in relation to the alleged incident that took place during the first Test at Trent Bridge, resulting in charges being brought against England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja.

In a statement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “England captain Alastair Cook and, more recently, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have made public comments relating to the alleged incident that took place during the first Test at Trent Bridge, the latter of which is critical of and undermines the ICC disciplinary process.”

Dhoni had termed match referee David Boon’s decision to slap a fine of 50 per cent match fee on Jadeja as “hurtful” and alleged that a lot of facts had been neglected.

Richardson said that the ICC has been satisfied with the way Boon handled Jadeja’s hearing.

 “The ICC would also like to reiterate its full support of the process followed and respect for the decision made by Boon. ICC hearings of this nature are, generally speaking, difficult processes to work through, with detailed legal submissions, witness statements and oral witness testimony. We are satisfied that Boon carefully and comprehensively considered the evidence and submissions presented to him at the hearing, which included conflicting evidence from both sides, prior to making his decision,” said Richardson.

He also urged both the sides to respect the judicial process. “In legal matters such as this, the ICC takes extremely seriously its duty as administrators of the game. Therefore, I request all stakeholders to respect the process which remains ongoing and remind them of their duties to the integrity of the process and the sport.”

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