Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?

first_imgA moment of madness from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on a TV show has led to their ouster from the Indian cricket team and now their future remains uncertain with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the process of setting up an inquiry committee to decide the fate of the two players.But the Indian cricket board is in a conundrum over whom to appoint in the committee following the difference in opinion between members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).CoA member Diana Edulji wants CEO Rahul Johri out of picture, arguing it would be ‘bad optics’ for the BCCI due to the sexual harassment case around him. But CoA Chairman Vinod Rai wants to administer through the CEO as per the new constitution.Meanwhile, BCCI members have also asked the acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.With no clarity over the future course of action on the two players, Hardik and Rahul’s journey back into the Indian team could take a lot of time. Meanwhile on Monday, both players tendered unconditional apologies to the fresh show cause notices sent by the board.The duo has already made their way back to India after the BCCI suspended both the players just before the three-match ODI series in Australia.Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar were added to the squad as replacements for the ODIs and limited-overs tour to New Zealand later this month.advertisementHardik and Rahul could further miss the limited-overs series against Australia when they reach Indian shores next month.Hardik and Rahul’s participation in the Indian Premier League also remains doubtful as the franchises that these two players represent might also take some action against them.Hardik is a key member in the Mumbai Indians outfit while Rahul joined Kings XI Punjab last season.The nearly two-month long tournament will be succeeded by the ICC World Cup in June. If Hardik and Rahul both make it to the World Cup squad they just won’t have enough time to prepare for the big event given the time they would have spent away from the game.HOW HARDIK AND RAHUL GOT INTO TROUBLEKL Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show with teammate and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Rahul chose his words wisely while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, but it was Hardik Pandya who got carried away and never really seemed like he quite understood what he was saying throughout the hour-long show.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”Pandya later took to Twitter to apologise for his comments but his apology made matters worse as he drew the ire of the entire nation. The BCCI stepped in and issued show cause notices to both players and later suspended them from the Australia and New Zealand series.pic.twitter.com/O0UlpFm43ohardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2019Pandya’s father came to his son’s defence but even that didn’t help his case.HARDIK, RAHUL ASKED TO EXPLAIN CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTSThe Committee of Administrators issued a show cause notice to the two Indian cricketers, Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul, and sought an explanation within 24 hours for their remarks on women on a TV show.BCCI CONSIDERS BARRING PLAYERS FROM NON-CRICKET SHOWSCriticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass. According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.advertisementHardik Pandya responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on the TV show.In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.BCCI RAISES HONEY TRAP CONCERNSBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary has warned Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s infamous comments on TV show Koffee With Karan could leave them susceptible to approaches from bookies. Chaudhary feared the players could be targeted by organized syndicates indulging in match-fixing through honey trap route.In an internal communication to BCCI COA member Diana Edulji, accessed by India Today, Chaudhary writes, “It must be noted that the comments such as the ones that have been made would definitely have painted a large, red target on the back of the players for potential recruiters for the organized syndicates who attempt to indulge in match-fixing across the globe.VIRAT KOHLI REACTSIndia captain Virat Kohli slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul for the sexist and misogynistic comments they made on the TV show.”We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said at a press conference in Sydney.last_img read more