Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry into comments on TV show

Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

"We have gone through the Code of Conduct which also lays down a procedure for dealing with acts of misconduct on the part of players".

In a letter which is in PTI's possession, Diana Edulji wrote, "It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter".

"#KaranJohar, shame that you snared innocent young cricketers into your trap for TRPS. their future is at stake and the country has lost 2 players in the current series", an angry Twitter user commented.

He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?"

Apart from the two cricketers' misogynist comments affecting them individually, it has also affected the Indian team's balance a day before the first ODI. Later, when Johan asked him why he doesn't ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, Pandya replied: "I like to watch and observe how they move".

".We definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and the first batsman to cross the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, has given the impression of the team remaining unaffected with how the whole controversy has unfolded. The duo appeared on a talk show where their comments - Pandya's in particular - came in for widespread criticism and raised concerns over the team culture.

Pandya's comments on the show, which aired on Sunday, were slammed as misogynistic and sexist, and drew a lot of flak from all corners. BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI match ban for the players earlier and referred the matter to BCCI's legal cell.

The duo have been omitted from the line-up for the opening ODI in Sydney, Australia.

BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry called for a stronger punishment than the two-match ban proposed by Rai.

According to Cricket.com.au, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon will join the 34-year-old Siddle as the four specialist bowlers in the XI. The middle order comprises of Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.

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