Richardson wants Dhoni to 'respect the process'

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International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has questioned India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's criticism of match referee David Boon's decision to fine all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja after the second Test against England at Lord's last week.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has questioned India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's criticism of match referee David Boon's decision to fine all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja after the second Test against England at Lord's last week.

Jadeja was found guilty of a level one breach of the ICC's code of conduct – and dealt a 50 percent match fee fine – after reportedly threatening to strike fast bowler James Anderson, as the players walked to the pavilion before the lunch break on day two at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Dhoni subsequently labeled the verdict "hurtful".

"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," said Richardson.

"The ICC would also like to reiterate its full support of the process followed and respect for the decision made by David Boon. ICC code of conduct 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.

"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 so that we can focus on the game of cricket itself."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India have disputed the testimonies of England all-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior, who alleged Jadeja approached Anderson in a threatening manner.

The BCCI, though, have insisted Anderson verbally abused and pushed Jadeja. Anderson has been charged with a level three breach, which might bring a ban for up to four Tests. His hearing, which will be conducted by ICC-appointed judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis, will happen on Friday in Southampton.

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