New Delhi, March 8: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday (March 8) stood by India skipper Virat Kohli and his allegations levelled against Australian team for repeatedly seeking DRS inputs from the dressing room during second Test match in Bengaluru.
"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.
"Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary. Kohli's action was supported by ICC Elite Panel Umpire Nigel Llong who rushed in to dissuade Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance," the board added further. (Smith criticised for trying to 'cheat')
"BCCI has requested the ICC to take cognizance of the fact that the Australian skipper Steve Smith in his press conference admitted to a 'brain fade' at that moment," the release said.
BCCI released added that it sincerely hopes that the rest of the matches are played in the true spirit of cricket.
Earlier on Tuesday, Smith tried to seek dressing room's response while using the DRS after he was adjudged LBW to Umesh Yadav by umpire Nigel Llong.
The Australian skipper was looking towards the dressing room to get hints on whether to go for DRS or not. This was against the rules and Llong stopped the batsman from checking with the dressing room.
The Indian skipper was quick retaliate against Smith's gesture and criticised the former during press conference for his action.
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.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann too has defended Smith and rejected Kohli's charge that Australian cricketers sought the help of the dressing room several times.