DRS controversy: ICC won't take any action against Steve Smith or Virat Kohli

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday (March 8) said it will not take any action against Australia skipper Steve Smith or India captain Virat Kohli.

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New Delhi, March 8: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday (March 8) said it will not take any action against Australia skipper Steve Smith or India captain Virat Kohli.

CA defends Steve Smith; BCCI backs Virat Kohli

Supporting Kohli's allegations levelled against Australian team for repeatedly seeking DRS inputs from the dressing room during second Test match in Bengaluru, the BCCI on Wednesday requested the global cricketing body to take cognizance of matter.

The BCCI cited that the ICC should consider the fact that the Australian skipper in his press conference admitted to a 'brain fade' at that moment.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after due deliberation and seeing the video replays of the episode steadfastly stands with the Indian Cricket Team and its Captain Virat Kohli," said a BCCI release on Wednesday.

The ICC said to have considered both incidents in the context of Bengaluru Test and concluded it will be taking no further action against either player.

"The ICC has confirmed that no charges have been laid against any player under the ICC Code of Conduct following the second Test match between India and Australia in Bengaluru," said an ICC release.

"Specifically in relation to Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, the ICC has considered both incidents in the context of this match and concluded it will be taking no further action against either player," it further added.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "We have just witnessed a magnificent game of Test cricket where players from both teams gave their all and emotions were running high during and after the match.

"We would encourage both teams to focus their energies on the third Test in Ranchi next week. Ahead of that, the match referee will bring both Captains together to remind them of their responsibilities to the game."

Meanwhile, firmly backing Smith, Cricket Australia on Wednesday said questioning his integrity is "outrageous" and there was no "ill-intent" in the captain's move of seeking dressing room help for a controversial DRS call.

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