India's Ravichandran Ashwin (left) talks with captain Virat Kohli during the second Test.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin (left) talks with captain Virat Kohli during the second Test. Aijaz Rahi

Gavaskar slams ICC over 'favourable treatment'

CRICKET: Indian great Sunil Gavaskar has accused the International Cricket Council of double standards when dealing with Indian players as the fallout from the controversial second Test gets nasty.

Gavaskar made his stand in the wake of the ICC's decision not to officially reprimand Australian captain Steve Smith over his action to seek advice from teammates sitting in the dressing room after a day-four lbw dismissal.

And he implored Indian skipper Virat Kohli to bring the issue to a head during the third Test in Ranchi, starting next Thursday, by repeating Smith's breach of the rules.

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

"I would actually love to see Virat Kohli, if he is given out ... looks at the Indian dressing room, gets some sort of feedback from them - yes or no, I don't know what signal they decide upon - and then let's see what the match referee and the ICC decides then."

The Indian team and its management remain furious at the inaction by the ICC over Smith's indiscretion - for which he apologised post-match and admitted was a "brain fade".

According to reports, the BCCI was considering appealing the decision.

Gavaskar described the actions of the ICC and match referee Chris Broad as an affront to the BCCI, Kohli and the Indian team.

News Corp Australia


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