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Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul told to return to India

January 13, 2019

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul from playing any form of cricket with immediate effect.

They have been asked to return to India in the middle of the ongoing Australia tour over comments made on popular TV chat show Koffee with Karan. In a media release, the BCCI said an inquiry and proceedings will be made against the two cricketers for misconduct and indiscipline. The committee will also name who will be replacing the two cricketers for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand.

The CoA 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 enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution. In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, the players are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter. - Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

The board also said that Pandya and Rahul have seven days to explain why "they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline".

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by India captain Virat Kohli as inappropriate. "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made. From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out."

Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he bragged about his exploits with women on the show. He apologized on social media. "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, 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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