Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended until a pending investigation into their controversial comments made on a popular TV show, Koffee With Karan.
The cricketers , who have been in the eye of the storm following their remarks on Koffee with Karan. They were omitted from the lineup for the opening match in Sydney.
Mr Rai said, Both Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry.
Decision comes after Mr Rai CoA colleague Diana Edulji on Friday recommended their suspension till further action after BCCI legal team refused to declare their comments a violation of the code of conduct.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will not be considered for selection during the three match ODI series against Australia. It should likely they may not even be selected for tour of New Zealand which starts later this month.
BCCI senior said, The duo are being sent back. If they can book tickets then tomorrow or at least by day after. At this point their chances of making it to the New Zealand tour is also bleak.
However, Hardik Pandya apologized for his comments and even replied to the BCCI’s show-cause notice but his response did not cut match ice with the Committee of Administrators.
Edulji initially suggested a two match suspension of the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after Mr. Rai agreed with her and recommended the same.
The Indian team management will take a call on whether they would want to keep the two with the team or sent them back. There is a school of thought they be kept with the team as the backlash back home. Could be sever but the majority in BCCI brass is against the decision, As per Indian Today.
Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will be considered for selection as the two cricketers’ replacement.
Harbhajan Singh said he would want to stay on the same team bus with Hardik or Rahul. Added the two players had brought the Indian team into disrepute with their comments.
You tell me.. if you meet them at a party tomorrow, would you want to speak with them. I will not. If fact, I would not to travel with them on the same team bust where my wife and daughter will also be present.
Their remarks on the show were also condemned by Indian captain Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate and asserted that the side does not stand by Those individual opinions.
Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple woman and being open about it with his parents during the interview. Rahul was, a shade more restrained in his response on relationships and woman.