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BCCI file a Complaint with ICC against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb

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 move has been taken by BCCI a day after when ICC stated that it will not charge players from either team due to their conduct during the Bengaluru Test.

The incident took place on the 4th day of play between India and Australia in Bangalore, where Australian skipper Steve Smith was criticized by his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli for trying to bend the DRS rules. Smith was five LBW by on-field umpire and after having a talk with non-striker he waited for instructions from the dressing room over whether he should call for a review of his dismissal.

"Specifically in relation to Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, the ICC has considered both incidents in the context of this match and concluded it will be taking no further action against either player," the ICC release said.

After the match, Steve Smith apologized saying the incident was a 'brain fade' on his part. Virat Kohli 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 controversy started hiking up when the respective boards, players, and coaches came out in support of their captain.

ICC on its part tried to stop the controversy and stated 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.

"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." as quoted by the ICC release.

Earlier, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland had called India’s allegations as ‘outrageous’.

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