India suspends Pandya, Rahul over comments on women

India suspends Pandya, Rahul over comments on women

India suspends Pandya, Rahul over comments on women

This development comes even as an inquiry into their comments is pending.

Chances of participation of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh Rahul in the three-ODI series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday, are bleak as the duo has been suspended for their controversial comments during a television talk show. Despite offering an apology, the BCCI chose to suspend Pandya and Rahul from the ongoing three-match ODI series against Australia happening in Sydney.

Indian cricket chiefs on Wednesday said the two players had been given 24 hours to explain themselves, with Pandya already posting an apology on social media. "You are looking at women in only one angle and that is not right", Harbhajan told India Today. While KL Rahul does not seem to have made such statements himself on the episode, he did not counter Hardik either.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, has sent the two players a showcause notice and recommended a two-match ban.

But, in the latest development, the key CoA member, Diana Edulji quoted that the probe will be completed within one week after it was initiated. He said, "It's actually hurting us".


Virat Kohli insists his team will cope on the field without KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who have been ordered to return home amid a sexism scandal and will miss the entire ODI series against Australia.

During the episode, Pandya is asked by KJo why he doesn't remember the names of the women he meets at nightclubs, in response to which he says: "I like to watch and observe how they move".

Pandya and Rahul have been the centre of attention - for all the wrong reasons - after passing misogynistic remarks during their appearance on the popular TV show Koffee with Karan.

The ongoing controversy started after outrage on different social media regarding Pandya's alleged sexist and misogynist comments, which, according to many, had also painted the Indian cricket and its dressing-room environment into a bad light. "You don't get carried away by a mere show's nature #WHATASHAMW".

"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support", he said.

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