COA chief recommends 2-match ban on Pandya, Rahul

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

However, the trail mail, in possession of Mirror, is silent on action against KL Rahul, who too had appeared on the popular television show Koffee with Karan, which was aired on Sunday night. This did not end there as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took note of the incident and sent showcause notices to the duo. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked the pair to explain the comments and Pandya apologised but after considering their reply, the BCCI chose to charged both players for misconduct and indiscipline.

KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya appeared on Koffee with Karan. "Upon realisation of my mistake I have also issued a public apology on my official social media handles this morning, prior to receiving the Notice", he said. "As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable", Rai said.

Pandya, on Wednesday, issued an apology, insisting that he got carried away with the nature of the show.

According to a latest report in Hindustan Times, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has said that the apology from Pandya is insincere and he has requested for the entire team to go through a sensitization process.

The chief of BCCI's Committee of Administrators (COA), Vinod Rai on Thursday made the suggestion for a ban from two-One Day Internationals (ODIs) in an email conversation with the other member of the CoA, Diana Eduljee, after a storm blew up, mainly over Pandya's remarks - including over his ways with women.

"The very first caution that the ICC Anti-Corruption officers give in briefing to the players is to beware of situations of honey traps and the comments made on the show make it seem that the players may just be ripe for the plucking", he added.

Hardik Pandya (L) celebrates a wicket with Virat Kohli. I had asked Diana (Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip.

". the sheer disrespect and sexist way these guys discussed women and relationships made me cringe", was one response on Twitter.

The two have been receiving flak from all quarters, especially after Pandya's comments, where he boasts about being with several women and being open to his parents about the same. According to sources, the CoA is now contemplating "whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket", PTI reported.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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