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BCCI Backs Virat Kohli Over Steven Smith DRS Controversy, Asks ICC To Take Cognisance

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 8, 2017, 8:17 PM IST
BCCI Backs Virat Kohli Over Steven Smith DRS Controversy, Asks ICC To Take Cognisance

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The BCCI on Wednesday came out in strong support of India 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 BCCI's reaction came after 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’.

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“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," it said.

"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.

The Board wants ICC to step into the matter and is hoping the remainder of the two Tests is played in the right spirit.

"BCCI has requested the ICC to take cognizance of the fact that the Australian skipper Mr. Steve Smith in his press conference admitted to a ‘brain fade’ at that moment. BCCI sincerely hopes that the rest of the matches are played in the true spirit of cricket," the release said.

Tempers flared after Australia skipper Steven Smith looked towards the dressing room to ask for a clue on whether or not he should review his leg-before decision.

Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed his anger in an animated fashion on the field and later on stopped just short of calling his counterpart a ‘cheat’, saying that this was going on for a while.

Steven Smith had apologised for his action in the post match press conference and called it a ‘brain fade’.

But Kohli was in no mood to accept the explanation provided by the Australian captain. Smith’s dismissal triggered a collapse which helped India beat Australia by 75 runs in the second Test and level the four-match series.

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First Published: March 8, 2017, 4:53 PM IST

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