The flamboyant Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya’s comments on the famous chat show Koffee with Karan is taking a toll on his reputation at the moment, he attended the show along with KL Rahul. While the promos released were a big hit, the full episode aired on Television on Sunday has put him in big trouble. Most of the Indian cricket fans are immensely criticizing the cricketer for his ‘misogynistic, sexist and racist comments.
Moreover, after realizing that the way he behaved in the show is being taken seriously, Hardik apologized formally on social media stating that he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone. He also acknowledged that he got carried away with the format of the show. However, the apology doesn’t seem to be enough it seems like the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) sent a show cause notice to both Rahul and Hardik.
In his public apology, Pandya wrote: “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologize to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
“We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their comments. They have given 24 hours to give an explanation,” CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times. On the other hand, Ratnakar Shetty, former BCCI manager of Game Development termed the development as ‘disgraceful’. “This is disgraceful and not acceptable from someone who represents the country and I will be writing to the Committee of Administrators so that these things are not repeated. I have also tweeted how I feel.”
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According to the reports in Times Now, the BCCI will soon be taking appropriate action against the all-rounder for his comments on the show. The decision will be taken after the concerned officials watch the entire episode and the punishment will also be made public in the press release. Also, the words used by Pandya is a concern as it highlighted his attitude towards women.
Talking to Hindustan Times, a senior BCCI official said, “This attempt at an apology does in no way bring the issue to closure. This merely shows how lightly he takes the gravely serious issue of respecting women. He needs to understand the impact the utterances of an international cricketer have in this country but more importantly, he needs to learn how to differentiate between the right and the wrong. Right now he seems to merely respond to the outrage and not to his own thought process and conduct.”