BCCI asks Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul to return from ongoing Australia tour

The Hush Post|01:40 pm|2-min-read
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed late on Friday night that Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul have been suspended from playing any form of cricket with immediate effect. They will return to India from the ongoing Australia tour after BCCI took offence to their comments made on a popular TV chat show.
The Indian cricket board, in a media release, said an inquiry and proceedings will be made against the two cricketers for misconduct and indiscipline.
“The CoA in accordance with the BCCI has decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show,” read a BCCI statement. The CoA had earlier raised questions on their comments on Koffee with Karan.
The duo will now return to India and an enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution.
“In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, the players are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter,” the release said.
The BCCI has given Pandya and Rahul seven days to explain why “they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline”.
The CoA had recommended suspension till further action against the two. On late Friday night, the BCCI ordered their suspension.
A CoA member Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo. She later referred the matter to the legal cell after CoA head Vinod Rai recommended the same.
Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments on Koffee with Karan regarding losing his virginity and his view on tackling women had sparked social media outrage. He later apologised but the harm had already been done.

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