India National Cricket Team players, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been ruled out of the first ODI against Australia, starting January 12th at the SCG. Also, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has suggested the board to set up an inquiry into controversy, relating both the players. Meanwhile, on the recent episode of #KoffeewithKaran, both KL and Hardik were the guests. Though it had less to do with cricket and more about their personal lives, a few of the comments from Hardik were crass and below the belt, causing all the trouble.
KL, Hardik to miss Australia ODI’s
Though the call is made on their future; Diana Edulji, the member of Supreme Court-appointed CoA, has suggested that the duo must return to India on an immediate basis. Furthermore, the BCCI has taken legal advice on the punishment that can be imposed on Rahul and Hardik.
As displayed in the emails exchanged between CoA, BCCI and the legal team; a show-cause notice will be sent to the players with detailed breaching. Alongside, an inquiry committee will be set up with a time-bound of 15 days.
Well, it is not all. The pair could also face provisional suspension. However, the CoA had suggested a two-match ban on both the players earlier.
Suspend them immediately – Diana
Moreover, the punishment will get decided in line with the BCCI Constitution and players contract. Plus, the India National Cricket Team members will get informed about the update.
Following the legal opinion, Diana Edulji suggested an immediate suspension, Amitabh Choudhary informed.
“It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” read Edulji’s response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.
“Based on legal opinion and the final procedure is laid down to address this issue, will recommend that communication is sent to concerned players and team immediately,” Edulji wrote in response to recommendations from the Board’s legal firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
Comments don’t fall under the Code of Conduct ambit
The legal advisors further said Hardik Pandya’s comments don’t fall under the code of conduct ambit.
“We feel that present matter doesn’t fall under the ambit of Code of Conduct and procedure of Code of Conduct can’t be invoked in present circumstances.”