Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were suspended by BCCI on Friday. For now, it is not yet clear whether they will be eligible to play the 12th season of Indian Premier League or not. Their suspension from the ongoing tournament in Australia clearly means that they will not be allowed to play any tournament authorised by BCCI, ICC or any state association.
The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have taken the case of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul quite seriously. While Hardik Pandya has already written a response to BCCI’s show cause notice, saying he regrets what he have done and won’t do it in future. Earlier he as also apologised on his social media account.
If reports are to be believed, BCCI’s COA member Diana Edulji is not happy with just an apology, she wants them to be banned for their actions on the show. “Cricketers even while bonding with film stars have always maintained their distance for the simple reason that their primary job is to represent their country. Even Bishen Singh Bedi was not spared for going on a TV show in 70s and was banned for one match,” as quoted in The Times of India.
Hardik Pandya was surrounded by controversy after his misogynist and sexist remark on women. Karan asked some very personal questions, while Pandya did not hesitate to answer any of those, he raised many eyebrows with them.
His most disturbing remark was about his family being open and how he came home after losing his virginity and said, “Aaj karke aya hu (I did it today).” He also recalled taking his parents to a party where they asked him which woman he was seeing, and he pointed at all of them one by one and said, his parents were proud of him for having ‘scene’ with multiple girls.
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were on national duty representing India in Australia, when they were called back mid-tour. While KL Rahul showed a streak of poor performances in the recently concluded Test series which India won by 2-1, Hardik Pandya did not play any game.