It is a truce that seems to have lasted just two weeks. Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) had agreed to bury the hatchet over the DRS controversy, the BCCI has accused the rival camp of ‘breaking protocol’ and ‘leaking stories in the media’ — an issue which could mar the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
According to a report in The Times of India, the Indian camp believes that Australia’s team manager Gavin Dovey and media manager Kate Hutchison facilitated a meeting between an Australian journalist and the Bengaluru Test’s match referee, Chris Broad.
The meeting, the report said, happened on the heels of India captain Virat Kohli pointing out that his Australian counterpart Steve Smith had tried to illegally seek the help of the dressing room for a DRS call. The BCCI has reportedly made up its mind to raise the issue with the authorities.
“At the end of the Bengaluru Test, Dovey went to meet Broad and he (Broad) assured him that there would be no action taken against Steve Smith. Broad assured the Australian team manager that this entire incident would not be reported by field umpire Nigel Llong,” a member of the Indian camp told Times.
“Dovey then introduced an Australian journalist to Broad and asked the latter to give him bytes on whether the dressing room review was reported or would be reported,” the report added.
The journalist in question, Ben Horne, then tweeted the officials’ view.
Match officials say only time they are aware of Australians looking up to dressing room for guidance was Smith incident today
— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) March 7, 2017
It must be noted that the journalist in question had compared Kohli to US President Donald Trump in a recent article for his website.
The report also said that the Indian camp had accused the Australian team and its media manager of “sharing dressing room conversations with the Australian journalists from session to session, so as to pose questions to the Indian cricketers after each day’s play.”