Vinod Rai recommends two-match ban to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for ‘crass’ comments on Koffee With Karan


BCCI’s Committee of Administrator chief Vinod Rai has recommended two-match ban to Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for ‘crass’ comments, made on Coffee With Karan.

Hardik Pandya

In an email to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, Rai wrote, “I have seen the remarks made by these two players on the show in print today. Very crass. No apology can cover it. I had asked Diana (Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension.”

Rai asked Johri to draft an appropriate instruction on Thursday since the players had sent their explanation. “If Diana agrees, Rahul please draft an appropriate instruction and issue today as their explanations have come in. Separately, please prepare an advisory to all BCCI contracted players and support staff,” Rai’s email read.

News ahency PTI quoted Rai as saying that he was ‘not convinced with Hardik’s explanation’ adding that he had recommended a two-match ban for both players.

Hardik Pandya had apologised for his misogynistic comments and bragging about losing virginity to his parents on Koffee With Karan show. He took to Instagram to write that he had got ‘carried away’ during the chat show.

Pandya had written, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”

Appearing on Koffee With Karan with his teammate KL Rahul, Pandya had narrated an incident when he bragged about losing his virginity to his parents. He had said, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya (Today, I’ve done that).” On the show, Pandya had also boasted about getting intimate with multiple women. In response to a question, 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.”