Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his anger at the ICC after they decided to take no action against Australian captain Steven Smith. The Australian captain was embroiled in a massive controversy in the Bangalore Test, with him asking help from the dressing room to decide whether to use a review or not.
The ICC decided not to punish Smith for this offence and Gavaskar wasn’t impressed with their call to not take any action against Smith.
Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said, “It can’t be that some countries get favourable treatment and some countries do not get favourable treatment. Tomorrow, for example, if something similar is done by an Indian player … he also should not be pulled up at all. I would actually love to see Virat 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.”
Steven Smith’s actions were certainly against the spirit of the game and this view has been widely supported by various cricketing experts around the globe. So the ICC opting not to punish Steven Smith for his offence is certainly a bit of a surprise.