The BCCI announced that they will withdraw the complaint that they had filed with the ICC against Australia captain Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb in the DRS controversy that arose in the second Test at Bengaluru. The board announced on their website that it has resolved its differences with Cricket Australia.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said, “India has always cherished a contest with Australia and over the years, the performances of both, the teams and the players, are 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 and it is imperative to ensure that the rest of the series, which promises a great cricketing contest, not be compromised.”
Cricket Australia James Sutherland echoed Johri’s views on the intensity of the series. “A series between India and Australia is bound to generate considerable excitement for fans in both the countries,” he said, “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 half way 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.”
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.