On last Monday. the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. They added the flamboyant cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to the side despite being under the watchful eyes of the ombudsman. Meanwhile, the current scenario puts their place in jeopardy.
Both the players were suspended from playing all forms of the game, after their involvement in the talk show named Koffee With Karan, which got a huge fan base. Hardik Pandya passed on a few sexist remarks, which didn’t do well with the Indian fans, thus, eventually, losing their place in the Indian team.
After suffering a ban from the game of cricket for a couple of series, they were called back in the side in the series against New Zealand and Australia. They proved their credentials to find a place in the Indian National Cricket Team, which is set to travel England for the ICC World Cup 2019.
In between, the ombudsman, which was appointed to make a report on the young cricketers is yet to be delivered. If that takes time, then obviously, it is an end for the duo chances in the upcoming showpiece event, as per a BCCI functionary.
A Clean Chit Is A Must:
Speaking to IANS, one of the three members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) said that it was indeed surprising that the ombudsman was yet to hand over the report of the inquiry. The matter was handed to Jain by the CoA.
The duo had appeared before Jain separately. While Pandya met him on April 9, Rahul met him in Mumbai on April 10. The World Cup squad was announced on April 15.
“Yes, they have served a temporary suspension and were called back from Australia, but you cannot decide on behalf of the ombudsman. If the ombudsman feels that they have paid for their actions, then also a clean chit does have to officially come from him,” the member explained.
Standby players will get the chance:
If KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya failed to get the nod from the concerned official, the Indian Board will replace those two slots with the standby players.
“Well, the Indian board does have the provision to make changes to the squad till May 23 without needing the approval of the ICC’s Event Technical Committee. If a scenario does arise wherein these players are ruled out, then the selectors will pick from the stand-by players. Hopefully, such a situation won’t come,” the functionary told IANS.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the duo. Currently, both of them are involved in the Indian Premier League 2019, where they delivering match-winning performances for their respective sides.