BCCI's CoA Lifts Ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, Inquiry Pending

BCCI’s CoA Lifts Ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, Inquiry Pending

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, BCCI, CoA
Hardik and KL Rahul. Image Courtesy: Getty

In what could be termed as the major breakthrough for Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opening batsman KL Rahul, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) has lifted the suspension with an immediate effect. But the appointment of a supervisor is pending in this case. However, the decision came to the forth on January 24 (Thursday).

Recently, the players have extended an apology to the concerned Board. Well, under the “Rule 41” of the Board’s constitution, the body has taken a decision.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya could feature in New Zealand. Photo Credit: AFP.

The “Rule 46” of the BCCI’s Constitution sheds light on the players’ conduct to avoid bringing the Board into disrepute.

“The Committee of Administrators (“CoA”) had, by emails dated 11.01.2019. And in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution,” the CoA said in a press release.

The much-awaited decision came after the CoA sought advice from amicus curiae PS Narasimha. However, the Supreme Court will appoint the adjudicator for the pending inquiry.

Also, February 5th is a tentative date for briefing the matter.

“The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, PS Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” the release said.

Moreover, on January 11 the Board imposed the ban on the duo following the criticism over the controversial Tv show. Pertinently, the CoA which oversees the world’s richest board was mulling over the decision which further saw Pandya, Rahul returning amid Australia series.

The reports suggested that BCCI’s interim president CK Khanna has suggested the idea of allowing players to continue with the game.

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul
CoA lifts Hardik and KL Rahul’s suspension. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Pandya and Rahul further missed out on ongoing New Zealand’s limited-overs tour after facing the wrath over social media. The board took a stern action following the ‘racist’ and ‘misogynist’ remarks on a Koffee with Karan show.

However, a member of the CoA Diana Edulji suggested to include the office-bearers of the BCCI to put forward a verdict for the players. But the CoA chief Vinod Rai vehemently denied the suggestion. He added it would be a sheer violation of the Board’s charter.

In conclusion, Shikhar Dhawan and Team India skipper Virat Kohli believe a player-like Pandya lends stability in the playing XI.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor