No action on DRS row, says ICC

No action on DRS row, says ICC

 Notwithstanding Steve Smith’s admission that he sought help from his team-mates with regard to DRS referral during the second Test against India here on Tuesday, the International Cricket Council has refused to take any action against the Australian captain.

“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 a statement from the ICC on Wednesday.

After complaining to on-field umpires after catching Smith in the “act”, Virat Kohli had suggested that Australians were in the practice of taking guidance from dressing room for DRS referrals.

One reason could be that under the specified rule, there is no scope for any sort of action against a guilty player. “…If the umpires believe that the (fielding) captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for player review. In particular signals from the dressing room must not be given.” 

The statement further added: “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.”

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