The BCCI, on Friday, suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial remarks on Koffee with Karan. Both the players appeared on the show that aired last Sunday and since then it is grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Pandya is facing heavy backlash on social media for his comments that have largely been condemned as “misogynistic “, “cringeworthy” and “disgusting” across social media. Pandya, known for his lavish lifestyle, revealed some eye-popping details about his personal lifestyle. Pandya bragged about dating a lot of women while also revealing how casually he told his parents he had lost his virginity.
The BCCI is dealing the matter with stern hands, suspending both the players pending inquiry. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sent a show-cause notice to Pandya and Rahul asking them for a reply within the next few weeks “as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution”.
As per Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, the players are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter.
Consequently, Pandya and Rahul will now return home from Australia. The BCCI is expected to name the replacements soon for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand.
And it looks like skipper Virat Kohli is not happy that Pandya and Rahul would not play in the series against Australia. Speaking at the toss ahead of the first ODI, Kohli said that the absence of the two upsets the balance of the team.
“We are always looking to improve as a side. We need to strike when the big games arrive. When two quality players (Hardik and Rahul) are not featuring, it upsets the balance of the side. Jadeja is back in the ODI side, let’s see what he’s got to offer,” said Virat Kohli.