In­dia’s Shankar and Gill re­place dis­graced pair

Business Day - - SPORT - Agency Staff Syd­ney

In­dia on Sun­day called up all­rounder Vi­jay Shankar and bats­man Shub­man Gill for their Aus­tralia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were or­dered home in dis­grace over com­ments made about women.

Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of In­dia’s open­ing ODI against Aus­tralia in Syd­ney on Satur­day, which the tourists lost, pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the com­ments made on a TV celebrity show.

“Vi­jay Shankar will join the team be­fore the start of the sec­ond ODI in Ade­laide,” the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said, re­fer­ring to Tues­day’s match.

“He will be a part of the squad for the ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia and the tour to New Zealand. Shub­man Gill has been picked for the ODI and Twenty20 se­ries in New Zealand.”

Pandya bragged about his suc­cess with women and made other sex­ual re­marks dur­ing an In­dian celebrity chat show broad­cast last week just as In­dia were cel­e­brat­ing their his­toric first Test se­ries win in Aus­tralia.

Rahul was also on the pro­gramme and watched his team­mate’s an­tics, which sparked out­rage on so­cial me­dia and con­dem­na­tion from skip­per Vi­rat Kohli who made clear the com­ments did not re­flect the cul­ture within the squad.

Both play­ers, who have apol­o­gised, have been sus­pended “from play­ing any form of cricket” pend­ing an en­quiry into mis­con­duct and in­dis­ci­pline.

With Pandya and Rahul miss­ing, In­dia crashed to a 34run de­feat in Syd­ney on Satur­day de­spite an ex­plo­sive cen­tury from Ro­hit Sharma. The next game in the three-match se­ries is a day-night con­test in Ade­laide on Tues­day.

Shub­man Gill

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