Rahul and Pandya or­dered home by In­dia

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - - AAP

In­dian cricket's gov­ern­ing body has or­dered bats­man KL Rahul and all­rounder Hardik Pandya to re­turn home af­ter their sus­pen­sions for con­tro­ver­sial com­ments about women on a TV show.

The Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) banned the pair with im­me­di­ate ef­fect af­ter fall­out from the talk show ear­lier this week.

Rahul and Pandya, both of whom have fea­tured re­cently in all for­mats for In­dia , have been widely crit­i­cised for their re­marks, widely con­strued as sex­ist, dur­ing the talk show Kof­fee with Karan.

As a con­se­quence, the BCCI re­vealed Rahul and Pandya would not fea­ture in "any form of cricket" and re­turn to In­dia to an­swer charges of mis­con­duct and in­dis­ci­pline.

The pair will miss the en­tire three- match ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia, set to start on Sat­ur­day at the SCG, fol­lowed by the tour of New Zealand, with the BCCI set to name re­place­ments in due course.

Pandya was un­likely to play in the first one day in­ter­na­tional prior to the con­tro­ver­sial com­ments. (AAP)

A state­ment on the BCCI's of­fi­cial web­site read: "The CoA (Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors), in ac­cor­dance with the BCCI, has de­cided to sus­pend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from play­ing any form of cricket af­ter their com­ments on a TV show.

"The duo will now re­turn to In­dia and an in­quiry and pro­ceed­ings will be made against them for mis­con­duct and in­dis­ci­pline that have been ini­ti­ated un­der Rule 41 of the BCCI con­sti­tu­tion.

"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 seven days."

In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said on Fri­day the "in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments" were some­thing he and his team "def­i­nitely don't sup­port".

Pandya has since ex­pressed re­morse, writ­ing on so­cial me­dia: "I would like to apol­o­gise to ev­ery­one con­cerned who I may have hurt in any way.

"Hon­estly, I got a bit car­ried away with the na­ture of the show. In no way did I mean to dis­re­spect or hurt any­one's sen­ti­ments. Re­spect."

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