Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul told to return from Australia midway through cricket tour


The BCCI and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators have directed Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to immediately return to India without taking part in the ODI series, starting Saturday. This was after the BCCI suspended the two players for their ‘crass’ comments made on Koffee With Karan show on 6 January.

According to a statement by the BCCI, the two players will now return to India and face an inquiry for misconduct and indiscipline, initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution.

Explaining the provision under Rule 41, the BCCI website said, “In terms of 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.”

The release by the BCCI said that the CoA had first sent out a notice to both players concerned to which the players responded with an apology. “After considering their reply, it was decided that the BCCI would proceed against both for misconduct and indiscipline,” kit added.

The BCCI said that the both Pandya and Rahul were called upon to provide an explanation as to ‘why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution within a period of 7 (seven) days.’ “This is without prejudice to the BCCI’s rights and contentions, all of which are hereby expressly reserved,” it added.

The BCCI selection committee will soon name their replacements for the ODI series against Australia and the tour to New Zealand.

Elsewhere, Hotstar, which is owned by Star TV group, has removed the last episode of Koffee With Karan from its platform. A tweet by Hotstar read, “Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers. As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect.”

Controversial comments

While appearing on Koffee With Karan on 6 January, Pandya had narrated an incident when he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity. He had said, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya (Today, I’ve done that).” This wasn’t the only cringe-worthy comment that Pandya made about his sexual encounters on the show.

He told Karan Johar, “At a party, my parents asked me, ‘Which women are yours? I said, ‘This, this, and this one’,” Talking about his parents’ reaction, Pandya had said, “And they were like, ‘Wah, proud of you beta‘.”

On the show, Pandya had also boasted about getting intimate with multiple women. In response to a question on why he doesn’t ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, he had said, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”

Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had urged the BCCI to sensitise young cricketers about ‘life beyond the dressing room.’ Bhogle’s tweet had read, “It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. But I do wish the BCCI spends time in sensitising these young players to life beyond the dressing room; to getting them outside the bubble that is inevitable given the adulation they get.”


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