Ravindra Jadeja found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

The ICC would have allowed this had Jadeja taken the umpire's permission first before applying the ointment.


Ravindra Jadeja found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Ravindra Jadeja

India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct on Day 1 during the first Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in Nagpur. As Level 1 breaches have a minimum penalty, Jadeja has been fined 25 percent of his match fee. Also, one demerit point was added to his disciplinary record. It was his first offense in a period of 24 months.

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The incident took place during the 46th over of Australia’s first innings on Day 1 on Thursday (February 9). After the end of the first Day, videos started surfacing online where Jadeja was seen taking cream from Mohammed Siraj‘s hand. He then rubbed his index finger with that cream while talking to skipper Rohit Sharma.

The video had gone instantly viral on Twitter with several fans blaming Jadeja for ball tampering. But the Indian team management talked to the match referee and explained to him that the all-rounder was using a pain-relief ointment for his sore fingers as he is bowling long spells after a gap of almost five months.

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Ravindra Jadeja accepted the offence

Ravindra Jadeja found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct
Ravindra Jadeja

The ICC would have allowed this had Jadeja taken the umpire’s permission first before applying the ointment. It is understood that according to the Laws of Cricket, bowlers can use the pain-relief cream only after taking the permission of the umpires.

Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of the Match Referees put a sanction on Jadeja which he accepted. According to a statement released by the ICC, Pycroft was satisfied that the cream was not used as an artificial substance to change the condition of the ball. If it changed the condition of the ball, then Jadeja would have inadvertently breached clause 41.3 of the ICC playing conditions- Unfair Play- The Match-Ball-Changing its Condition.

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Meanwhile, in the first match, India thrashed the visitors for an innings and 132 runs at the VCA Stadium. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India on Day 3, scalping five wickets after tea to quickly end the match in India’s favor.

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