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Cricketers Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill replace Pandya, Rahul

January 14, 2019

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill to replace disgraced cricketers K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya for Team India's Australia and New Zealand tours.

The two cricketers have been sent back home after the controversy over their comments about women on TV chat show Koffee with Karan. They were dropped ahead of the first one day match against Australia on Saturday that India lost by 34 runs.

In a press release, the BCCI said,

Vijay Shankar will join the team before the start of the 2nd ODI in Adelaide. 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. - Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

Gill is yet to make his international debut while Shankar has only five T20I matches to his name. Gill was Player of the Tournament for India during the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018. His form in the Ranji Trophy has been excellent.

Pandya had boasted about his track record with women and made other sexual comments just as India were celebrating their first Test series win in Australia. Rahul was also on the programme and said nothing and this led to outrage on social media and criticism from captain Virat Kohli who said their comments did not reflect the culture within the squad.

Both players apologized and were suspended from playing any cricket pending an enquiry.

The next game in the three-match series in Adelaide on Tuesday.

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