BCCI Pull Out Complaint Against Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb Over DRS Row

The BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket In India) on Thursday withdrew the complaint filed versus skipper Steve Smith and middle order batsman Peter Handscomb over the DRS issue. BCCI and Cricket Australia intention to restore focus on the ongoing India-Australia series amidst the increased attention that proceed during the course of the second Test match in Bengaluru. Rahul Johri, CEO, and his Cricket Australia counterpart James Sutherland met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and, in considering the matters at length, comply to bring back the focus back the focus of the cricketing world to the match and the much-anticipated third Test match in Ranchi.

"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 those 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," Rahul Johri said.

"BCCI will withdraw the complaint filed 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."

"I have seen it twice while batting. I have seen players looking upstairs (dressing room). I told the umpires, this had to stop. I don't want to mention the word but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field," Virat Kohlli said after the second Test.

"When he (Smith) turned back, the umpires knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that they have been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop," Indian skipper added.

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