Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry

12 January, 2019, 10:43 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

The 25-year-old all-rounder had boasted about hooking up with multiple women on the Sunday episode of the Karan Johar-hosted show.

A statement on the BCCI's official website read: 'The CoA (Committee of Administrators) in accordance with the BCCI has made a decision to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show.

In the given scenario, India will be compelled to take the field without Pandya and Rahul in the series opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Even though Pandya has apologized for his remarks, the BCCI is far from letting go of the issue, as the Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Thursday recommended a two-ODI ban on the players.

With less than 24 hours before the first match of a three-game one-day series, it is hardly an ideal preparation for the tourists.

"You are just watching and observing how (women) move, as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they move first", he said.


"At a party, my parents asked me, 'Acha tera wala kaun sa hai [Which women are yours]?"

Speaking with the media ahead of the match, Indian cricket team's current captain Virat Kohli addressed the controversy: "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, don't align with those views. That's how we are looking at it. the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation". I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus. how would they feel?

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said.

The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got "carried away by the nature of the show". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods.

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