Sexist comments on TV show ends cricket tour for Indian pair

Sergio Cunningham
January 12, 2019

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul may face ban or suspension after controversial comments on a popular TV show - latest updates. "Jadeja is back in the ODI side, let's see what he's got to offer", Kohli said after Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat in the first ODI against Sydney.

Even though Pandya has apologized for his remarks, the BCCI is far from letting go of the issue, as the Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Thursday recommended a two-ODI ban on the players.

Indian Cricket Team will look to fine tune their ICC World Cup 2019 preparation in the three-match ODI series starting at Sydney Cricket ground on Saturday.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has sidelined the team from the controversy saying "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions".

"Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did". But their misogynist comments, especially the former's, have come under the scanner and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended them.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude". Keeper-batsman Alex Carey will open in ODI cricket for the first time, and will pair up with skipper Aaron Finch, while Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb will form the middle order.

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All-rounder Pandya did not feature in the Test series victory over Australia after a disappointing tour of England in which he scored just one 50 and took 10 wickets across four Tests, but has featured in 42 ODI's for his country.

"So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Hardik Pandya situation) because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side.

We are still waiting for a decision to be made".

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said. His comments were slammed as misogynistic, and drew a lot of flak from all corners especially on social media. The suspension was put on hold because Diana Eduljee, the other CoA member, had sought legal advice before taking action against Pandya and Rahul.

The grievance redressal that could fall under the said Ombudsman's purview include misconduct or indiscipline by any player, umpire, team official, selector or any person associated with the BCCI, according to Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution.

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