Rahul Dravid 'Glad' over revoking Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul's suspension

Rahul Dravid ‘Glad’ Over Revoking of Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul’s Suspension

Rahul Dravid
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Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid is happy that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has revoked the interim suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul pending the appointment of an adjudicator. However, he maintained there is a procedure to be followed to abide the law.

Rahul Dravid backs the inquiry:

Dravid reflected over the issue after the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) body CoA has released the press release regarding the revocation of the ban on January 24. The duo faced wrath on the social media for their inappropriate comments on Koffee with Karan Tv show.

“I am glad the suspension has been lifted and there is an inquiry in the process which must be completed,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Dravid as saying.

Besides, the Baroda’s all-rounder Pandya was drafted in the limited-overs squad of Team India for the ongoing New Zealand tour. Eventually, it saw Pandya leaving to the Kiwis shores on January 25 (Friday) to join the squad, whereas, Rahul will partake in the ongoing India A vs England Lions 2019 unofficial One-dayers.

It becomes important to narrate that Dravid has nursed Pandya and Rahul in one point in time, in their respective careers.

The former batsman Dravid reiterated there is no denying in the fact that the duo admitted their folly soon after making a mistake. He added both have suffered a lot following a thorough criticism.

“No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly,” Dravid added.

Rahul Dravid says it has been enough overreaction over Pandya-Rahul episode:

However, Dravid who seemed irked remarked one should let them free and avoid overreaction for the recent episode.

“It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour,” he said.

Following the controversial talk show hosted by famed filmmaker Karan Johan, Dravid somewhat urged the players to be cautious while expressing views when they are representing the national team. He stated some of the comments might be unsuitable for the certain quarters.

“Clearly when you are representing India you need to be a bit careful with your public views and comments that you make because it might be completely inappropriate to a lot of people,” Dravid opined.

While backing the youngsters, Dravid feels it is important to understand such things. He felt the possibility are there to witness celebrities of all traits making a mistake or so.

“Having said that it is important to recognize and realise that sometimes these things can happen. Sportspersons and public figures can make mistakes. It is part of learning and growing up,” Dravid stated.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul could emerge as role models: Rahul Dravid

Dravid is confident to see the duo mending their ways and set an example after committing a blunder. He added the recent controversy might allow the players to introspect and it could pave a way for them to be the paragon for the youngsters.

I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have. And maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid added.

The overseeing two-member committee of the BCCI sought a suggestion the Amicus Curiae PS Narasimha. It’s learnt that Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji had talked to a length and breadth with the advisor.

The suspension with immediate effect came on January 11 for Pandya and Rahul. However, February 5 is a tentative date for the hearing.

Concurrently, India is going strong against the Black Caps in the second ongoing ODI at the Bay Oval. Batting first, India posted 324 for four in 50 overs after winning the toss.

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