In the latest happening, the two Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Mumbai Indians (MI), and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) emerged as tight-lipped over the recent controversy with further led to the suspension of Hardik Pandya and his teammate KL Rahul. However, the teams at the same time don’t want to lose their premier players ahead of the twelfth edition (IPL 2019) of the domestic professional league.
“We don’t deny what they said is not acceptable. Our management is clear that he (the player) will be sanitised before donning our jersey for the season. You will see a sea change in his behaviour,” a senior franchise executive said Inside Sport.
Moreover, the senior manager for the franchise made a clear point by saying the exclusion of crucial players would affect the combination.
“The message has been delivered in certain terms that the player is crucial to us. It affects our team’s balance miserably. No other substitute can step in for him. Name one option who can even come close. What we understand from the developments so far, the inquiry committee in all probability will advise on the degree of their guilt. That is going to be the mandate to the committee,” the senior executive maintained.
Besides, the team owners are sad following the controversial episode. It eventually forced the Supreme Court to appoint the Ombudsman to investigate the matter thoroughly.
“The issue has been discussed at length by our management. While the team owners are furious about the whole episode, management is of the view that we cannot make an emotional decision,” one of the franchises’ executive added.
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The executive further revealed it’s the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which holds significance in absolving the matter.
“We cannot interfere with the BCCI inquiry it is their prerogative,” the report added.
With Pandya and Rahul being sidelined for the New Zealand tour, the executive categorically pointed out that the BCCI should complete the trial before the kick off of the event in a bid to allow players to make it to the camp.
“The quantum of the penalty will eventually lie with the board. There are around two months for the league to start. We want the BCCI to complete all proceedings by the third week of February. So that the players are allowed to join the training camps,” executive remarked.
Also, the suggestions highlighted the demotion in the contract of the cricketers. It further suggested the franchises are keen to avail the services of suspended players. The executive summed it up by saying they are aware of handling the situation when it comes to professionalism.
“There is nothing like sympathising. This is a pure professional call. Why do we indulge in moral policing? We are clear on how to handle him once he joins us for the league,” executive concluded.
However, Pandya and Rahul may return to the franchise cricket, but they could face hefty penalties.
Earlier, Pandya and Rahul have been scrapped from the contracts by multiple organisations.