Post BCCI’s show­cause no­tice to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, crick­eters weigh in on the con­duct of play­ers in the pub­lic eye

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Juhi Chakraborty ■ [email protected]

As crick­eters, they have to be care­ful be­cause they are con­sid­ered role mod­els. NIKHIL CHO­PRA, FOR­MER CRICK­ETER

Crick­eter Hardik Pandya’s com­ments on a TV chat show hosted by Karan Jo­har have trig­gered a de­bate on so­cial me­dia. His an­swers on the show were deemed “sex­ist” and “misog­y­nis­tic”. Even though Hardik soon took to so­cial me­dia and posted a pub­lic apol­ogy, it was fol­lowed by a show cause no­tice be­ing is­sued to him and crick­eter KL Rahul — who ac­com­pa­nied him on the said show — by Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI). Hardik also is­sued a state­ment in which he stated that he is “sin­cerely re­gret­ful” for the com­ments that he made on the show. Post this de­ba­cle, In­dian cricket com­men­ta­tor Har­sha Bhogle tweeted, “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.”

We con­tacted for­mer and present In­dian crick­eters and asked them what they think of the no­tice is­sued to the young play­ers. For­mer crick­eter Nikhil Cho­pra feels that it is very im­por­tant for any sports­man who is play­ing in­ter­na­tional cricket to be very care­ful about what he says on shows be­ing watched by the masses. “You want to send the right mes­sage to the youth. No mat­ter what you do in your pri­vate life, when you come out in pub­lic you have to set the right ex­am­ple,” he says.

Crick­eter Ishant Sharma, who hasn’t watched the episode, feels that every per­son in a democ­racy has a right to ex­press his opin­ion, and how one con­ducts one­self in pub­lic is a per­sonal call. “Yes, you should be a role model, but you can’t sep­a­rate an in­di­vid­ual from their in­di­vid­u­al­ity. We live in a demo­cratic coun­try, and yet, if some­one ex­presses their opin­ion, we troll them. He said what he felt, just that his com­ments got more at­ten­tion be­cause he is a celebrity,” shares Ishant. For­mer layer Atul as­san, how­ever, s shocked by CCI’s re­sponse nd feels that he show cause no­tice was un­called for. “I don’t know why ny­body has e per­cep­tion at any­body in e lime­light has be per­fect. We ould not con­tort Pandya’s com­ments and call him a misog­y­nist. It is highly un­fair and we are putting ex­tra pres­sure on them,” he says. How­ever, an­other for­mer crick­eter, Deep Das­gupta as­serts that “con­duct is a very im­por­tant as­pect for all con­trac­tual play­ers” and BCCI was well within its rights to is­sue the no­tice. “Their con­duct is part of the con­tract and play­ers have to abide by that,” he says.

Hardik in his re­sponse to the BCCI no­tice, re­ports PTI, said that he made those state­ments “in the flow of the show” and had not com­pre­hended the ex­tent to which his state­ments would be found of­fen­sive. We tried con­tact­ing Karan Jo­har but he was un­avail­able for a com­ment.


(Clock­wise from far left) Hardik Pandya, shant Sharma, tul Was­san, Deep Das­gupta and Nikhil Cho­praPHOTO:

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