Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Pandya inappropriate, unfortunate: Kohli

Pandya inappropriate, unfortunate: Kohli

The legal unit also emphasised the need to appoint an ad hoc Ombudsman to probe the episode in which Pandya and Rahul made a few crass remarks about women in a TV show - Koffee with Karan anchored by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar. India's Likely XI Team for 1st ODI Against Australia 2019: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's Ban a Blessing in Disguise for Skipper Virat Kohli.

Following sexist views by Pandya and Rahul, on Thursday, a 2-ODI ban for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul was recommended by Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai.

Hit hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will look to fine tune their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series against an under-fire Australia, beginning in Sydney from Saturday. Virat Kohli on Friday said the Indian team doesn't align with the "inappropriate" views of the batsmen.

"Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did".

"Considering that the inquiry process against the concerned players has commenced and is pending, it is open for the COA to suspend the concerned players (along with their privileges and benefits) pending enquiry and proceeding into the charges of misconduct until final adjudication", the legal team said in its email to the CoA, the office bearers and the BCCI's professional management. Apart from the 1985 World Championship and 2008 CB Series wins, they have lost 35 out of 48 ODIs played against Australia on their home soil.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the Indian cricket team for the first ODI.

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"We are still waiting for a decision to be made".

After not getting a single game in Test series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will make a comeback, and thereafter it depends if captain Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya's loss.

"So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Hardik Pandya situation) because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side".

"[It's] definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", Kohli said.

Pandya posted an apology to his social media accounts claiming he had "reflected" on his comments. 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.

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