The tempers have been flying high since Steven Smith looked towards the dressing room for help in order to review an out decision given against him during the 4th Day of the 2nd Test played at Bangalore.
People from both the boards and ex-players have been commenting on the issue. Amidst the allegations being hurled at each other and explanations provided, ICC has confirmed that it will not be pressing charges against Australia captain Steven Smith and India captain Virat Kohli in relation to the DRS incident.
ICC chief executive said in a statement, “We have just witnessed a magnificent game of Test cricket where players from both teams gave their all and emotions were running high during and after the match. We would encourage both teams to focus their energies on the third Test in Ranchi next week. Ahead of that, the match referee will bring both captains together to remind them of their responsibilities to the game.”
Virat Kohli has been especially vocal about the incident and almost called Smith a cheat, during the post-match presentation. The Australia captain had termed the moment as a ‘brain fade’ when he asked for the dressing rooms help with reviewing the decision.
According to reports, ICC conveyed to both the boards and that it is unlikely to take this matter any further. India won the 2nd Test in Bengaluru to level the 4-match series 1-1.
Kohli had also said that Australia took help from their dressing room on at least three occasions before making their mind up on DRS reviews in the Test. He further revealed that he had made the umpires aware of the previous occasions.
Kohli’s public criticism of Steve Smith could have landed him in trouble as it would qualify as a level 2 offence under the ICC code of conduct. Both boards have also chosen to not lay charges on any players.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on the issue, “I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian team and the dressing room, outrageous. Steve is an outstanding cricketer and person, and role model to many aspiring cricketers and we have every faith that there was no ill-intent in his actions.”
The BCCI also released a statement later in which they lent full support to skipper Virat Kohli in the matter. India and Australia series’ have often been controversial and the 2017 series is no different.
The two teams will now battle each other in the third Test which will be played in Ranchi on 16 March. India and Australia will then move on to Dharamsala to play the final match of the series on 25 March.