New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday filed an official complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against Australian captain Steve Smith and middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb regarding the DRS controversy matter.
The development comes a day after the ICC in a press release had stated that it will not charge players from either team due to their conduct during the Bengaluru Test.
There was high drama in the middle of some great cricket as Australian captain Steve Smith was criticised by his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli for trying to bend the DRS rules when he waited for instructions from the dressing room over whether he should call for a review of his dismissal in the second innings.
Australian middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, who was at the crease alongside Smith at that point, joined in to defend Steven Smith by taking to twitter, where he said that he had asked Smith to take instructions from the dressing room, as he was not aware of the DRS rules.
I referred smudga to look at the box... my fault and was unaware of the rule. Shouldn't take anything away from what was an amazing game!
— Peter Handscomb (@phandscomb54) March 7, 2017
Steve Smith apologised in the post match press conference, saying the incident was a 'brain fade' on his part. But Indian captain Virat Kohli hit back by saying that he was not ready to accept Steve Smith's apology as he had seen such incidents happen more than once during the course of the Test match.
The incident snowballed into a controversy when the respective boards, players and coaches came out in support of either captain.
ICC on its part as the game's governing body has decided to douse the fire in the middle of a series which has so far witnessed great cricketing action. The release though did state the fact that both captains will be 'reminded of their responsibilities ahead of the next Test in Ranchi.'
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "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.
Earlier, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland hit back at allegations on Australian captain Steven Smith after the dressing room controversy, that happened on Day 4 of the second Test between India and Australia, calling India’s allegations ‘outrageous’.
The BCCI on Wednesday also came out in strong support of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and requested the ICC to take note of Australian skipper Steve Smith's "brain fade" in seeking dressing room's advice for a DRS referral in the second Test in Bengaluru.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after due deliberation and seeing the video replays of the episode steadfastly stands with the Indian Cricket Team and its Captain Mr. Virat Kohli," the release said.
"Mr. Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary.
"Mr. Kohli’s action was supported by ICC Elite Panel Umpire Mr. Nigel Llong who rushed in to dissuade Mr. Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance," the release further said.