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ICC warns Dhoni over Anderson-Jadeja ‘row’ Dickwella fine on debut

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, July 27, (Agencies): The International Cricket Council on Sunday accused India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of “undermining” its disciplinary process by condemning a fine handed against team-mate Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni said Saturday that Jadeja had been the target of “hurtful” treatment when he was fined 50 percent of his match fee for misconduct in an incident with England bowler James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham on July 10. England captain Alastair Cook, not long after India brought ICC charges against Anderson, accused the tourists of making a “mountain out of a molehill” in a “tactic” to try to get the paceman banned. ICC chief executive David Richardson, in a statement, urged all those involved to respect the disciplinary process.

“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,” Richardson said. Richardson, a former South African wicketkeeper, also said the ICC endorsed match referee David Boon’s decision regarding Jadeja.

“The ICC would also like to reiterate its full support of the process followed and respect for the decision made by David Boon,” said Richardson. “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 Mr 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.” Richardson added: “In legal matters such as this, the ICC takes extremely seriously its duty as administrators of the game.
 
Sri Lanka’s debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined and reprimanded for claiming an unfair catch in the ongoing second cricket test against South Africa, International Cricket Council authorities said Sunday. The ICC said in a statement that the 21-year-old was fined 10 percent of his match fee and given an official reprimand after he pleaded guilty to the offense. The incident occurred during the third day’s play Saturday when South African batsman A.B. de Villiers gloved a ball that Dickwella collected on the bounce and immediately claimed it to be a catch. The batsman was ruled not out after television replays.
 
“While claiming an unfair catch is a serious offense, we noted that this is Niroshan’s first test and in excitement he claimed the catch,” the statement quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying. “We are sure that in future when a catch of this nature is in doubt he will indicate such,” he said. Dickwella was included in the team for the second Test against South Africa in place of Dinesh Chandimal and scored a half-century in his first Test innings.

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