Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry

Koffee With Karan 6, which not only airs on Star World but also streams online on HotStar, featured the episode of Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul.

Diana Edulji stated that it is important to address the matter of misconduct publicly with urgency and hence she has advised a provisional suspension to be imposed on the pair until the full and final resolution is proclaimed. Although both players apologised for their statements, the fallout from the episode meant that they were always going to be under the scanner. However, Kohli stressed it doesn't impact the spirit of the side. According to the latest reports, it is said that two cricketers could face an indefinite ban for their comments.

Kohli added that the two players "have understood the magnitude of what's happened". Hardik is presently in Australia along with the Indian cricket team where they have won a historic Test series against Australia.

"Yesterday, and some time before that as well, we have all been waiting for a decision by the board. It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate". Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth. "Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out". "Respect." Pandya had sparked a controversy when he revealed on the sets of the show that he had relationships with multiple women.

Readers may be aware that after the episode, Hardik Pandya received a lot of flak on social media from fans as well as other netizens for his comments on the show.

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"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI.

The comments were labelled "very crass" by the chairman of the country's highest cricketing body, Vinod Rai, who has called for a two-match ban for the two players.

Pandya and Rahul will now be the subject of an enquiry as per the new BCCI constitution, where Rule 40 states: "The BCCI shall appoint an Ombudsman at the Annual General Meeting for the goal of providing an independent dispute resolution mechanism".

Keeping in mind the above, since the BCCI doesn't have an Ombudsman at the moment, the legal cell has recommended the appointment of "ad-hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter" or an internal inquiry committee might be constituted, sources close to the CoA informed CricketNext.

Barely hours after Pandya's apology, BCCI handed the pair a show cause notice giving them 24 hours to explain their demeanour on the talk-show.

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