Match Referee Richie Richardson To Have A Word With Virat Kohli, Steve Smith Before Third Test
Whenever India and Australia clash, one can witness the exchange of hostilities every now and then and this is what which makes this rivalry an enthralling contest. This time around in India, the DRS row has led to the two teams being at loggerheads ever since the second Test coming to an end. With Indian skipper Virat Kohli openly slamming the Australians for their act at Bangalore, the BCCI went a step ahead by lodging an official complaint with the ICC.
The complaint though was later withdrawn as things returned to normalcy soon with the CEO’s of the two boards meeting in Mumbai. In a bid to ensure that the third Test at Ranchi goes smoothly, match referee Richie Richardson, the former West Indian great, will have a word with skippers Steve Smith and Virat Kohli before the third Test.
It is believed that Richardson will apparently remind the two young captains of their duties and responsibilities and ensuring that the game goes on smoothly and there are no further hassles.
Speaking about the recent fiasco, Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland recently said, “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.”
Sutherland’s counterpart Rahul Johri too maintained a similar stance as he said, “While having responded officially to one 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.”
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