India set to appeal no ICC action, say reports
CRICKET: Furious India will reportedly appeal the International Cricket Council's baffling decision not to take any action from its spiteful second-Test victory over Australia.
The ICC has been lampooned over its ruling that no bans, fines or charges in any form will come from India's 75-run victory, which was marred by bad behaviour on both sides.
Indian captain Virat Kohli caused enormous drama post-match by accusing the Australian team of systemic cheating through its use of the Decision Review System - a bold claim which both he and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have so far failed to back up.
Central to Kohli and India's anger is that Australian skipper Steve Smith has escaped punishment despite breaching the rules for seeking advice from the team dressing room on an lbw dismissal on day four - an action Smith admitted was a "brain fade".
According to Indian reports, this will lead to them demanding a rethink from the ICC who on Wednesday night confirmed "no charges have been laid against any player under the ICC Code of Conduct".
"Unhappy with the decision, the BCCI will now appeal the decision on Thursday," read a report from Indian news agency NDTV.
"The incident had been mentioned in the captain and coach's report after the match. Once the appeal is lodged, the umpires will be asked to file their report, following which the ICC will decide on hearing the appeal.
"The Indian team management had written to ICC match referee Chris Broad seeking a decision from the world cricket body."
In a statement released on Wednesday, the ICC clarified its position as to why no one - but specifically Kohli and Smith - had been charged in the fallout of the Test.
"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," the statement read.
"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."
ICC chief executive David Richardson added ahead of the third Test in Ranchi, starting March 16, "the match referee will bring both captains together to remind them of their responsibilities to the game".
Both Cricket Australia and the BCCI have thrown their support behind their embattled captains, with CA boss James Sutherland describing as "outrageous" the allegations made against Smith by Kohli.
"I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian team and the dressing room, outrageous," said Sutherland, while the BCCI described Kohli's on-field conduct as "exemplary".
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh says Smith must be "taken on face value" that the dressing room consultation was an error rather than a mailicous attempt to break the rules, but said the whole scenario warranted an ICC investigation before the next Test in Ranchi.
"Someone from ICC needs to look into the matter and bring it to a finality," Waugh said.
"Look we need to move on. Probably he would be cautioned. It was a high-intensity game."