Jadeja hearing: Team confident of a pro-India verdict

first_imgBCCI general manager MV Sridhar is being flown in on Thursday to represent India during the hearing of the Jadeja-Anderson controversy on Friday. Sridhar was the team manager during Monkeygate controversy, involving Harbhajan Singh and Mathew Hayden, in Australia in 2008. Sridhar also attended the hearing in Southampton last Thursday evening after which match referee David Boon fined Jadeja 50 per cent of his match fee.The lawyers for the case have been hired locally.The Indian team management is convinced that with ICC agreeing to let India appeal, Jadeja’s fine will either be dropped or be reduced drastically. Some within the management feel that the Indian all-rounder will just be fined a token 10 per cent.If the fine of 50 per cent of the match fee imposed on Jadeja is reduced or dropped, it will be clear who is the guilty party, according to the team management. The Indian team anticipates that the Jadeja appeal will go in their favour, meaning Anderson will certainly be found guilty and get at least a one Test ban.The hearing is to take place in Southampton at 9am on Friday. Accordingly, the Indians have planned to split in two – the bulk of the team with the players and administrative personnel including manager Sunil Dev will proceed to Manchester by bus at 10.30-11am.Key witnesses skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir, along with the team physiotherapist, will stay back with Jadeja and Sridhar in Southampton for the hearing. They will go to Manchester by car after the proceedings.advertisementThe Indians are very confident of the verdict will go in favour of Jadeja.last_img