Australian captain Steve Smith bats in India.
Australian captain Steve Smith bats in India. Rajanish Kakade

Australian and Indian cricket bodies bury the hatchet

CRICKET Australia has successfully talked the all-powerful BCCI out of reporting captain Steve Smith, with the two powerhouse bodies finally smoking the peace pipe.

The BCCI had lodged a complaint against Smith, attempting to charge him with a code of conduct breach, in an extraordinary decision to ignore the authority of the ICC and try to take the law into its own hands.

However, robust discussions between James Sutherland and his BCCI counterpart Rahul Johri in Mumbai have forced the BCCI into a backflip where it has revoked its attempted brazen appeal.

Sutherland and Johri issued a joint statement to say CA and BCCI were resolved to focusing on the third Test in Ranchi next week.

The BCCI may have realised it didn't have a leg to stand on trying to prosecute Smith, given Indian captain Virat Kohli had accused Australia of systematic cheating without any proof to back it up.

If the BCCI had gone through with its official complaint, CA had the avenue to return serve by levelling a charge against Kohli.

That won't happen now and from an official point of view the matter has been put to bed.

Captains Smith and Kohli have been ordered to meet prior to the Ranchi Test and commit to leading their teams by example and in the spirit of the game.

The BCCI and CA have urged Smith and Kohli to return to being ambassadors for the game.

"A series between India and Australia is bound to generate considerable excitement for fans in both the countries," said Sutherland.

"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."

News Corp Australia


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