BCCI goes hard on Smith; lodges official complaint to ICC
New Delhi: In a stern action, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday lodged an official complaint to International Cricket Council (ICC) against Australia skipper Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb for taking help from dressing room on a Decision Review System (DRS) call on his dismissal during Bengaluru Test.
BCCI's master move came after ICC's disinterest in taking any action against Virat and Smith over the DRS row.
Indian board has also presented ICC with a video footage in which Smith is seen seeking help from Australia dressing room following his dismissal in the second of the four-Test match series at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.
According to the reports, BCCI has imposed the charges of '"violating spirit of cricket and bringing the game to disrepute".
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had extended support to skipper Virat Kohli, saying, “after thoroughly going through the video replays of the incident, we steadfastly stand with the Indian Cricket team and its captain Virat Kohli."
It may be mentioned that Cricket Australia had termed the allegations as ‘outrageous’ after Smith has already apologised for his action, which he described as ‘brain-fade’.
What Virat Kohli had said in post-match conference?
- Aussie team had been doing the same for the past three days and he had notified the umpires about it as well.
- I have seen the players looking upstairs for help on being given out by the on-field umpires on many occasions.
- The umpire understood what was happening as I had already informed him about the same
With series levelled at 1-1, India will lock horns with Australia in the third Test, beginning March 16, in former skipper MS Dhoni's hometown Ranchi.