Smith DRS row: Gavaskar accuses ICC of giving favourable treatment to some countries

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New Delhi, March 9: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is not happy with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for letting Australian skipper Steve Smith go easily for his 'brain fade' over DRS during second Test match between India and Australia.

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The ICC on Wednesday (March 8) confirmed that no charges have been laid against any player under the ICC Code of Conduct following the second Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Bengaluru. (DRS row: ICC won't take any action)

The BCCI as well as Cricket Australia sparred over defending their respective players after Smith came in the line of fire for his on-field action.

The BCCI requested the global cricketing body to take cognizance of Australian skipper's action during the Bengaluru Test when he looked towards the dressing room while using the DRS after he was adjudged LBW by the umpire.

The ICC's soft approach towards Smith, perhaps, irked the former India cricketer who felt that some countries get favourable treatment from the global body.

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"It can't be that some countries get favourable treatment and some countries do not get favourable treatment," Gavaskar told NDTV.

"Tomorrow, for example, if something similar is done by an Indian player... he also should not be pulled up at all," said the former India opener.

"I would actually love to see Kohli, if he is given out ... and he looks at the Indian dressing room, gets some sort of feedback from them... Let's see what the match referee and the ICC decide then," added Gavaskar.

Earlier, when asked about the incident which quickly turned into a full blown controversy, Gavaskar was quoted as saying, "A lot of people was talking regarding this at the commentary box that the Australians looked up to the dressing room to get input from their computer guy whether they should go for referral or not.

"It was quite blatant and Peter Handscomb suggested to Smith and then Smith asked the guy at the dressing room. I don't think that was in the spirit of the game. We have to see what the ICC and Match Referee do," Gavaskar added further.

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