Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended over comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

He added: "From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something we definitely don't support". Although the Rule 41 (6) says that the suspension would cease if the said adjudication was not completed within 6 months, Chaudhry has urged the CoA and other BCCI functionaries to strive to ensure that the process gets completed within a month or so at most.

A decision from the BCCI is expected on Friday afternoon AEDT but Kohli addressed the issue at a press conference at the SCG.

The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension. It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the changeroom and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate.

Rahul and Pandya appeared on a talk show on Sunday where some of the things they said were met with widespread criticism and social media backlash over perceived misogyny, racism and sexism, following which the BCCI issued showcause notices to both.

The controversy has arisen in the build-up to the first of India's three one-day internationals against Australia on Saturday.

India go into the game on the back of a 2-1 Test series win over their hosts - the first time they have won a contest in the longer format of the game in Australia.

"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry", the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai is quoted as saying by PTI.

At Edulji's behest, the BCCI's legal team gave its inputs as to the way forward, and whether and how the players could be charged under the board's new constitution, which came into effect in August 2018. However, captain Virat Kohli is not too bothered as he believes Ravindra Jadeja can be slotted into the team as the all-rounder in place of Pandya. The constitution specifies that the BCCI CEO seek an explanation from the players through an initial show-cause notice and the CEO's report is to be forwarded by the Apex Council to an Ombudsman, who determines what sanctions are binding. The legal team has suggested that the CoA, as the authorised head of the BCCI now, could substitute for the Apex Council.

"The two concerned players have felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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