Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Steven Smith will hold peace talks in the wake to defuse tensions over the DRS drama, which has caused chaos from the past few days. As a part of the patch up deal unleashed on Thursday, both skippers are expected to sit across the table to put the matter to rest and rather initiate an effort to bring focus back on cricket.
After what happened on Day 4 of the Bengaluru Test, the visiting captain had his share of criticism and wasn’t even spared by his own countrymen. Though, backed by many, even the Australian media, Smith later accepted of committing an error by giving it a name of ‘brain-fade’.
Post the incident, Virat Kohli and the Indian team management complained about the incident involving Peter Handscomb and Steven Smith to the International Cricket Council (ICC). Later, the BCCI confirmed they’ll withdraw the complaint against the pair. In a joint statement issued from both sides, the confirmation of peaceful talks is on the cards.
“The BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA) have resolved to restore focus on the ongoing series amidst the increased attention towards issues which have emanated during the course of the second Test match in Bangalore. BCCI will withdraw the complaint filed with ICC with an expectation that the two captains will meet prior to the Ranchi Test.”
On Thursday, Cricket Australia’s chief executive James Sutherland and BCCI’s boss Rahul Johri met to resolve the matter and bring serenity and peace on the ground in the upcoming games.
Sutherland said, ‘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, who was earlier appointed as BCCI’s temporary President, had something to say about the issue too.
“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.”
The four-match series between India and Australia is levelled at 1-1 with the Ranchi game to commence from March 16.