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Anderson-Jadeja row: Anshuman Gaekwad feels ICC needs to take strong action against Anderson if proven guilty
The game of cricket was brought to shame when a war of words broke out between the English medium pacer, James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test match at Trent Bridge.

Anderson has been charged under level three of the ICC code of conduct, after it was alleged that the medium pacer went too far ahead, ''pushing and abusing'' the Indian player in the pavilion during the lunch interval.

As a result of which, Anderson could even face a ban upto four Test matches or a maximum to eight ODIs, if found guilty. While, Jadeja has also been charged under level 2 of the ICC code of conduct, but, both Jadeja and Anderson are expected to play during the second Test match, as the disciplinary hearing is not expected to start before the second Test match starts at Lords.

''Anderson needs to be punished, if the entire scenario is true and proved. The ICC needs to take strong action against the player and send a strong message to other cricketers and hope that such acts do not take place in the future as well.'' said former Indian cricketer and coach, Anshuman Gaekwad. The ICC is in a tricky situation, as the BCCI and ECB are considered to be giants of world cricket, where they rule the roost in world cricket as well.

With millions of fans watching the game live on their TV sets, what unfurled during the situation did look bitter, but it was what took shape in the pavilion (there is no footage for this), which led to the Indian cricket team manager Sunil Dev lodging a complaint against Anderson. But, the team manager took this decision, only after consulting this with the Indian coach Duncan Fletcher and skipper MS Dhoni.

As a ritual of captains' backing their player in such cases, Alistair Cook, England captain also did the same and said that it was India's tactic to unsettle the bowler and feels it would surprise him if Anderson was banned. Not only the captain, the ECB have pledged support to their player in the case as well.

Gaekwad said, ''These are all mud-slinging. This is also the same manner in which the Australians also play. Alastair Cook, being a captain, has to defend his players.''

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