In­dia’s Rahul, Pandya sus­pended over com­ments

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SYD­NEY, (Reuters) - In­dian crick­eters KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been sus­pended pend­ing an in­quiry into com­ments they made about women on a tele­vi­sion show this week, the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said yes­ter­day.

Bats­man Rahul and all­rounder Pandya have been heav­ily crit­i­cised in In­dia and on so­cial me­dia for re­marks that have been widely con­demned as sex­ist and in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The length of their sus­pen­sions is not known, but the duo look set to miss the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries in Aus­tralia start­ing to­day and a lim­ited-overs tour of New Zealand.

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

“The duo is now 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,” the BCCI said in a state­ment.

Ahead of the first one­dayer against Aus­tralia to­day, In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said the com­ments made by Rahul and Pandya are not sup­ported by their team mates.

“From the In­dian cricket team point of view, any in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments that are made in that sce­nario are some­thing that we def­i­nitely don’t sup­port,” Kohli told re­porters.

“The two con­cerned play­ers felt what has gone wrong and they have un­der­stood the mag­ni­tude. It has to hit any­one hard, they will def­i­nitely un­der­stand the things that have not gone right.

“These are purely in­di­vid­ual opin­ions ... we def­i­nitely, as the In­dian cricket team, do not sup­port views like that and that has been com­mu­ni­cated.”

Kohli’s side sealed their first test se­ries vic­tory in Aus­tralia this week when the fourth match ended in a draw.

“Def­i­nitely not go­ing to dampen any­thing that we’ve achieved,” he said.

“You have to ad­just with the sit­u­a­tion. We need to go out there and play cricket. All these ex­ter­nal fac­tors are not go­ing to de­rail our mo­ti­va­tion or the prepa­ra­tion for the World Cup.”

KL Rahul

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