ICC won’t be launching appeal of James Anderson verdict

The International Cricket Council are not going to appeal against the decision to clear England bowler James Anderson of misconduct

By Sam Rogers

James Anderson looks to have been cleared once and for all after the ICC announced they would not be appealing his not guilty verdict.

Anderson was cleared of wrong-doing by an independent panel after an alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, but the BCCI has expressed their disappointment in the decision, urging ICC chief executive Dave Richardson to appeal the decision.

A statement released by Mr Richardson however, confirms the ICC are content with the decision and will not be taking it any further.

“The ICC is satisfied with the manner in which the decisions have been reached,” Richardson said.

“It was a complicated and sensitive matter relating to charges brought against two players at different levels of the ICC Code of Conduct.

“There appears to have been vastly conflicting evidence on both sides, with a total of 13 witnesses who gave testimony.”

Despite the positive decision, Richardson was keen to stress the importance of players maintaining proper behaviour during play and conducting themselves in the proper manner.

He added: “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.

“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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