Indian cricket team does not support views of Hardik, Rahul: Kohli

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

They will be sent back to India.

The duration of the suspension is not yet known, but it is likely the pair will miss the remainder of the Australia tour and the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand.

A source in the BCCI told the agency that the two will be sent fresh notices.

"Thereafter, the Ad hoc Ombudsman should adjudicate on the matter in the manner as prescribed in the BCCI constitution", the letter from the BCCI legal team stated.

On Thursday, Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI ban on the duo but fellow member Diana Edulji had pushed for a legal opinion before deciding on the quantum of punishment.

Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after Vinod Rai agreed with her and recommended the same. Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made", Kohli said at the press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday.

"From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create".

Hardik Pandya's sexist comments sparked social media outrage and prompted the player to apologise.

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Though Hardik apologized for his comments, he could be facing a suspension along with Rahul, who accompanied to the show. Pandya had later issued an apology, saying he got carried with the nature of the show.

While the debate has caused a lot of uproars, Hardik Pandya's father Himanshu Pandya has come out in support of his son.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession.

Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents during the interview.

He was quickly slammed for his views on women.

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by India captain Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate and asserted that the side does not stand by "those individual opinions".

It is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore. Was such a permission granted? Was such a permission sought? "If so, by whom?" he asked.

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