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BCCI pushes for appeal on Anderson verdict

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The ICC is considering a request from India to appeal the verdict in the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja pushing case. The governing body confirmed on Tuesday that it is had received a request from the BCCI and that its chief executive Dave Richardson would decide by August 10 whether to lodge a formal appeal.

Lack of video evidence and impartial testimony led to the judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis ruling that Anderson was not guilty of the Level 3 offence he was charged with by India during the course of the Trent Bridge Test.

Jadeja had been convicted of a Level 1 offence, but BCCI's lawyers won a decision to appeal against it and got it overturned. Should the ICC go forward with this appeal, both decisions could be liable to change.

A judicial commissioner's decision may be challenged by the concerned player or the ICC chief executive. The appeal must be filed within seven days of receipt of the written verdict with the ICC's head of legal. A panel consisting of three members of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission will hear the matter from the beginning and has the authority to increase or decrease, amend or substitute the previous sentence/decision.

"As per the code, the BCCI cannot appeal against the order. But the ICC has got the right to appeal against the said order," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "Yesterday night, I had written a letter to David Richardson, CEO of ICC, saying that we are not happy with the order. The code has not been properly followed.

"There are too many lacunas and points under which the order can be appealed. All these points have been explained in detail in that letter. And I have also requested him that he should appeal against the order. Let us wait and see what they do now."

The head of legal will select the panel within 48 hours of the appeal. The three members have to be from the other eight Full Member nations since the dispute is between India and England. The hearing has to take place within 30 days of the panel's appointment and their decision will be final.

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