The officials got together on Thursday to resolve the issues of Bengaluru test fiasco. The official members of BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA) decided to resolve the issue and focus more on Cricket; the latter matches will be held in Ranchi and Dharamsala.
James Sutherland (CA Chief) and Rahul Johri (BCCI CEO) got together, and BCCI decided to withdraw the official complaint against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb’s actions, which it believed to have been a breach of the Spirit of Cricket.
Before the Ranchi match, both the Captain will be well informed and made to understand to play the game of Cricket in right spirit.
“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,” Sutherland was quoted as saying in a joint press release issued by both the boards.
“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.”
Johri added that it was imperative to ensure that the remainder of the series, currently locked tantalizingly at 1-1, was not compromised as a consequence of the emotions boiling over a single incident.
“India has always cherished a contest with Australia and over the years, the performances of both, the teams and the players, are the testimony 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.”
Indian captain Virat Kohli had been visibly enraged when his Australian counterpart Steve Smith seemingly to look towards the Australian dressing room to decide whether to review his dismissal or not. He later stated in the post match press conference that he had seen the visitors do that two times before too and had notified the umpires.