New Delhi, Dec 15: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of acting softly with Indian cricketers when it comes to taking disciplinary actions.
The 25-year-old New Zealand-born cricketer also demanded the same disciplinary sanctions for his Indian counterparts that his team mates received relating to the slew of on-field incidents during the ongoing Test series between India and England.
Stokes was quoted as saying, "It's theater for people who want to see it. It's part of the game, so I don't see any reason why they should try to clamp down on it so quickly. But if it's going to be one rule, it's got to be the same rule for everyone. You can't just be letting certain people get away with certain things and not others. I think that side of the game can be just jumped on and people get slapped with fines and all that stuff. But if you're going to do someone, then you've got to do the next person no matter who they are or who they play for."
Stokes, however, refrained from mentioning anybody's name but his statement possibly hinted towards Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin.
When asked if he was alluding to certain leading players like Kohli and Ashwin, the cricketer added further, "I don't know, I don't look into it that much. But as I say, whoever is deciding who is going to get what disciplinary action against them, it should be the same for everyone."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan questioned the global cricketing body for not punishing India's star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after his confrontation with paceman James Anderson during the 5th day of the 4th Test in Mumbai.
Earlier, on the first day of Mohali Test, after Stokes was dismissed, he had a verbal spat with Kohli while returning to the pavilion -- an act that got him ICC's reprimand.