Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s tough times don’t seem to be ended soon as both have been suspended till the investigation into their controversial comments at the Indian talk show. While they are currently in Australia, they are set to return to India soon.
Recently, the 25-year-old Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the 26-year-old Indian batsman KL Rahul appeared in the Indian talk show “Koffee with Karan” that is hosted by the famous Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar. In that show, both had some nasty comments as many have interpreted as misogynistic and sexist remarks. For those comments, both have been hugely criticised by the Indian fans.
Later, Pandya has apologised twice for his inappropriate comments in that talk show. At first, he apologised through his official Twitter account and then he apologised officially to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).
But, the BCCI has decided to take strong action against both of them. While both are in the ODI squad for the three-match ODI series in Australia, starting on Saturday (12 January), both have been suspended. Now, they have to return to India where soon they will face the inquiry.
According to some media reports, the BCCI has convened six-member panel to investigate this matter and question both the players.
Talking about their suspension, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said according to TOI, “Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry.”
Later, the BCCI has released the statement where they clarified about the suspension order for both the players.
It claimed, “In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, the players are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter.”
In that press release, it was also added that the CoA first sent them notice on which both the players responded with the apologies. After considering those replies, BCCI has decided to proceed against both for misconduct and indiscipline.
That press release also added that they will now return to India and the enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline.
Both Pandya and Rahul are also in the limited-overs squad for the next tour in New Zealand, where the five-match ODI series will begin on 23 January and the three-match T20I series will begin on 6 February. However, that press release added that the selectors will soon name their replacements for the ODI series against Australia and the tour to New Zealand.