Board of Control of Cricket in India and Cricket Australia have amicably resolved to restore focus on the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series amidst the increased attention towards issues which have emanated during the course of the 2nd Test match in Bangalore
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and his counterpart in Cricket Australia James Sutherland met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday and, in discussing the matters at length, agreed the importance of bringing back the focus to the game and the much anticipated next Test match in Ranchi.
A BCCI Press Release has quoted Sutherland as saying: “A series between India and Australia is bound to generate considerable excitement for fans in both the countries. On the field the two teams are fierce competitors who represent their countries with pride. As we have seen this week in Bangalore, with so much at stake, tensions can bubble over. We are half way through what has already been a riveting series – and there is still much to look forward to. In discussing the relevant issues in depth, we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the game to put these differences aside and clear the way for the focus to be on the cricket, and the remaining matches of the series.”
Johri said “India has always cherished a contest with Australia and over the years the performances of both the teams and the players is testimony to the level of competitiveness that exists between these two teams. While having responded officially to one such incident, which happened in the last Test, together we believe that the focus of the teams and the joy they provide to the fans should not be diluted and it is imperative to ensure that the rest of the series, which promises a great cricketing contest, not be compromised.
Subsequently, BCCI will withdraw the complaint filed with ICC with an expectation that the two captains will meet prior to the Ranchi Test and commit to lead their teams by example and play the rest of the series in the right spirit, demonstrating that the players from both teams are true ambassadors for their respective countries.
Not just the rival captains or two teams, but the relationship between the BCCI and CA had also taken a bitter turn, with both the boards backing their respective captains. Even as the administrators of the game have decided to come together in the best interest of the game, the on-field intensity, fierce rivalry a found tussle between both the teams cannot be fully ruled out for the remaining two games of the four-Test series.