Pandya and Rahul suspended over comments about women on TV show

Pandya and Rahul suspended over comments about women on TV show

Featuring Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, the now-deleted episode saw the former pass several demeaning remarks about women when the conversation turned to his love life. Also, the BCCI Player Agreements defines "gross misconduct" as, "Any conduct which may bring disrepute to the game of cricket and/or the BCCI including the Office Bearers of the BCCI".

Hardik and Rahul were not only criticised heavily on social media, but also earned the disapproval of their captain Virat Kohli, who on Friday, denounced the statements made by them on Koffee With Karan, which is hosted by filmmaker-producer Karan Johar.


On an episode that aired Sunday night, Pandya and Rahul made remarks about women which were seen as "sexist and misogynistic". The constitution specifies that the BCCI CEO seek an explanation from the players through an initial show-cause notice and the CEO's report is to be forwarded by the Apex Council to an Ombudsman, who determines what sanctions are binding. In response to a question on why he doesn't ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, he had said, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate". The duo appeared on a talk show where their comments - Pandya's in particular - came in for widespread criticism and raised concerns over the team culture. BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI match ban for the players earlier and referred the matter to BCCI's legal cell. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation", he added.

Among other things, Pandya revealed that he sometimes boasts about his sexual encounters in discussions with his parents.


Harbhajan Singh minced no words and told India Today, "Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead", Rai said.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opening batsman KL Rahul are in danger of missing India's upcoming ODI series against Australia.


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