Hardik, Rahul suspended pending probe, to be sent home

Hardik, Rahul suspended pending probe, to be sent home

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked the pair to explain the comments and Pandya apologised but after considering their reply, the BCCI chose to charged both players for misconduct and indiscipline.

CoA chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick enquiry into much-criticised comments made by suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul but Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a "cover up" job. He also made culturally appropriative comments like he was from "Black culture" which is why he liked to concentrate on how women moved in nightclubs rather than asking their names. All mentions of the K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya-centric episode have been erased from the social media handles of Star World as well, the channel on which the show airs on TV.

The length of their suspensions is not known, but the duo look set to miss the one-day global series in Australia, starting today, and the limited-overs tour of New Zealand. "Respect." On the other hand, KL Rahul has not said anything yet. "If they can book tickets then tomorrow they will be leaving (for India) or latest by day after", a senior BCCI official said.

On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has shared the dressing room with Hardik Pandya for Mumbai Indians, has slammed him for his comments on Koffee with Karan.

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Pandya apologised on Twitter later, saying he got a bit carried away by the nature of the show whereas Rahul remained silent.

In Sydney, on the eve of the ODI series, captain Kohli condemned the two for what he termed "inappropriate" comments but said he was not too stressed about the possibility of a ban on the all-rounder. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. "The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened". They can't go out and say such things while pretending to be cool.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views", Kohli said during the pre-match press conference in Sydney.

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said.

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