Suspended duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul sent back to India to face probe

Pandya and Rahul came under fire for their comments on Karan Johar's talk show.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul took it too far on the talk showAn appearance on Koffee with Karan has proved to be disastrous for the Indian cricketing duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, as the duo was suspended from the tour of Australia and New Zealand for the crass comments made by them on the show.

Now it has been reported that Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul will be sent back to India immediately to face a committee set up to probe their “inappropriate” comments on women. The quantum of punishment they will face, after being suspended for their remarks on the show Koffee with Karan, will be decided after they present their case to the panel.

Earlier, captain Kohli had said that the team doesn’t condone the behavior or the comments made by Pandya and Rahul on the talk show. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support…and that has been communicated (to the two players),” he said at the pre-match press conference.

CoA member Diana Edulji had told the Indian, How can you expect them to be with the Indian team now? They will fly back home.

No time frame has been set yet to deliver a verdict against the two but the probe committee will first watch the complete episode and speak to the players before deciding whether to hand out the same punishment to both or treat them differently.

Though CoA chief Vinod Rai had earlier suggested a two-match ban, Edulji had stressed on following due procedure by first suspending the players before forming an inquiry committee. The Indian cricket board’s old Constitution had a disciplinary committee but its new Constitution does not. The BCCI doesn’t even have an ombudsman either.

We have followed all procedure before suspending them. An email has been sent to players. We don’t know how much time it will take for the probe to get over, we don’t know what the quantum of punishment will be. We will be meeting soon to decide who will be part of the probe panel or the committee to look into this suspension. These players will have to be present whenever the probe committee calls them,” said Edulji.

Johar asked Rahul to recount the “very sweet” story of how he partied until 5 am and smashed a century in a T20 against West Indies at Fort Lauderdale. “We were playing in Miami,” said Rahul. “I didn’t think I would be playing the next day, they hadn’t informed me. So I thought, hell I am in Miami. What am I gonna do? I don’t have to be fresh. We were just gonna go for dinner and the place turned into a party place after 12 and then I didn’t feel like going back and came back at 5. Next day, 9 o’clock they told me you’re playing. I am not proud of that, I’m proud of the hundred.”

Pandya and Rahul’s remarks sparked outrage after they made a slew of remarks on women on Koffee with Karan, some of which hinted at the team culture.

( inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 12 Jan, 2019

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