Following a complaint by England team manager Phil Neale, the International Cricket Council on Wednesday charged Ravindra Jadeja for his alleged altercation with England pacer James Anderson after they left the field for lunch on Day 2 of the Trent Bridge Test. (India Complain Against James Anderson, England Fume as ICC Levels Charges)
Jadeja has been charged under under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. (Boycott Calls for Stern Punishment for Anderson if Found Guilty)
The alleged offence has been reported under Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: "Where the facts of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, conduct that either: (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute." (Cook Slams India's Tactics Over Anderson Charge)
It is alleged that after the players left the public area and entered the pavilion, Jadeja turned suddenly and took steps towards Anderson in an aggressive and threatening manner.
All Level 2 breaches carry a fine of between 50-100 per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two Suspension Points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player. (Let Bat and Ball do the Talking, Says MS Dhoni)
Earlier, India skipper MS Dhoni had praised Jadeja for backing off, despite what the tourists saw as provocation by Anderson. Dhoni had sided with his India and Chennai Super Kings teammate for making sure that the incident did not blow out of proportion.
"It was good on Jadeja's part to not really do something. It could have gone a bit far, but I felt he addressed this in the most appropriate manner," Dhoni had said. (India Complaint Threatens to Sour Relation With England)
"Someone has to back off at the right time. At the end of the day we play sport and lot of people look up to us, and there is a lot of responsibility on us.
"There have been a few individuals from our side in the past that have crossed that line. It's a difficult one. You can be aggressive, you can be vocal and that's fine but there are certain guidelines and we should be following all of them."