2-ODI Ban Recommended For Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Over "Crass" Comments

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Rahul's comments on the show have not drawn any criticism but the fact that the duo appeared together perhaps also had him caught in the social media storm. Fellow CoA member Diana Edulji, however, referred the matter to the legal cell of the BCCI. BCCI boss Rai termed the comments made by Pandya and Rahul as crass, made in bad taste and unacceptable.

Ironically, Rahul was questioned about his thoughts on social media on the show, whether he thought of it is a blessing or a curse.

The Indian all-rounder had earlier taken to Twitter to apologise for his comments, mentioning that he got "carried away nature of the show".

Meanwhile, in the response to the show cause, Hardik wrote, "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".

According to a latest report in Hindustan Times, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has said that the apology from Pandya is insincere and he has requested for the entire team to go through a sensitization process.

The notice was issued hours after Pandya apologized on his official Twitter page for his comments on women, that triggered a huge outrage among fans from across the country. "They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation", chairman of the Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai told PTI.

However, one of the BCCI officials feels that the apology tweet won't do anything great for Hardik Pandya. "As I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first". "Doesn't appear honest. I am inclined to suggest a penalty", Rai wrote stating that the seriousness of the comments of KL Rahul and Pandya are different and the quantum of punishment could be different.

Pandya, who was accompanied on the show by Rahul, said he got "carried away by the nature" of the show, where he boasted about hooking up with multiple women and how he was open with his parents about his adventures. According to sources, the CoA is now contemplating "whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket", PTI reported. The two guys you are talking were not part of Test squad, one [Pandya] just joined for the last two Test matches but did not play.

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