India have suspended the opening batsman KL Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya with immediate effect following the controversial comments they made on a recent television show. Rahul and Pandya, both of whom have featured in all formats for India in recent months, have been widely criticised for remarks that were widely construed to be sexist during the talk show Koffee with Karan earlier this week. As a consequence the Board of Control for Cricket in India revealed Rahul and Pandya will not feature in “any form of cricket” and return to India to answer charges of misconduct and indiscipline. The pair will, therefore, be absent for the one-day series in Australia, set to start on Saturday, as well as the forthcoming tour to New Zealand, with the BCCI set to name replacements in due course.
A statement on the BCCI’s official website read: “The CoA (Committee of Administrators) 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. “The duo will now return to India and an inquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution. “The duo is now called upon to provide an explanation as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution within a period of seven days.” India’s captain, Virat Kohli, told reporters on Friday the “inappropriate comments” were something he and his team “definitely don’t support”.
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