BCCI withdraws complaint against Smith after Cricket Australia intervenes

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had recently lodged an official complaint against Australian skipper Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb for violating the cricket etiquettes and going against the spirit of the game for seeking help from the dressing room on a DRS call. BCCI was forced to lodge the complaint after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made it clear that no action would be taken against the duo.




However, in a recent turn of events, BCCI and Cricket Australia opted to end the controversy and resolve their differences to focus on the remainder of the four-match Test series. Rahul Johri, BCCI's CEO and James Sutherland, CA's CEO met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and issued a joint statement regarding the withdrawal of the complaint to ICC by BCCI.




In a joint press statement, they said: “The BCCI and CA have resolved to restore focus on the ongoing series amidst the increased attention towards issues which have emanated during the course of the 2nd Test match in Bangalore.” Subsequently, BCCI will withdraw the complaint filed with ICC with an expectation that the two captains will meet prior to the Ranchi Test and commit to lead their teams by example and play the rest of the series, in the right spirit, demonstrating that the players from both teams are true ambassadors for their respective countries.”

James Sutherland, CA's CEO said  “ A series between India and Australia is bound to generate considerable excitement for fans in both the countries. On the field, the two teams are fierce competitors who represent their countries with pride. As we have seen this week in Bangalore, with so much at stake, tensions can bubble over."

"We are halfway through what has already been a riveting series – and there is still much to look forward to. In discussing the relevant issues in depth, we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the game to put these differences aside and clear the way for the focus to be on the cricket, and the remaining matches of the series," he added

Steve Smith and Virat Kohli
Onus will be on Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to bury the hatchet and focus on the remainder of the tournament

Rahul Johri, BCCI's CEO said in his statement “India has always cherished a contest with Australia and over the years, the performances of both, the teams and the players, aretestimony to the level of competitiveness that exists between these two teams. While having responded officially to one such incident which happened in the last Test, together, we believe that the focus of the teams and the joy they provide to the fans, should not be diluted and it is imperative to ensure that the rest of the series, which promises a great cricketing contest, not be compromised.”

This joint statement should put an end to the aftermath of the second Test match in which there were words exchanged from both sides with Sutherland calling Kohli's allegations "outrageous" and BCCI responded through a media release that they stood with their captain.

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