ICC will not appeal Anderson verdict

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Chief executive David Richardson has confirmed the International Cricket Council will not appeal the not guilty verdict afforded to England fast bowler James Anderson last week.

Chief executive David Richardson has confirmed the International Cricket Council will not appeal the not guilty verdict afforded to England fast bowler James Anderson last week.

Anderson had been cleared of a level three code of conduct breach, after allegedly physically pushing and verbally abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham last month.

While the Englishman admitted to swearing at Jadeja, the Board of Control for Cricket in India all but insisted the ICC reconsider the decision not to impose a heavier sanction. Level three breaches carry maximum penalties of up to four Tests.

"This outcome is the result of two exhaustive and thorough disciplinary processes and, after considering the written decision, the ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached," said Richardson.

"It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charge. There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony.

"After carefully considering the decision, we believe that no further purpose would be served by prolonging the process through further appeal proceedings. The disciplinary procedures were robust and transparent and all parties had ample opportunity to ask questions, test the evidence and make submissions.

"We have determined that there is no merit in an appeal and that it would not be in the best interest of the sport to take such action. As a matter of best practice, the ICC will now review the procedures as set out in the code."

The fourth Test will get underway at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Oval in London will host the fifth and final fixture next week. Anderson and Jadeja are expected to play in both matches.

"International cricket is tough, competitive and uncompromising but we must reiterate that there is no place in the game for the use of offensive language that is personally insulting of one player by another," added Richardson.

"It is imperative that all captains, players and coaches as well as umpires and referees are reminded of and do not shirk their responsibility to one another and to the game."

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