Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Face Two-ODI Ban for ‘Sexist’ Remarks

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today recommended a two-ODI ban for India players Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul, after their controversial comments on television talk show Koffee With Karan.

However, CoA member Diana Edulji has referred the matter to the BCCI’s legal department. India are scheduled to play a three-match ODI series against Australia from Saturday.

Pandya’s comments on the show, which aired on Sunday, were slammed as misogynistic and sexist, and drew a lot of flak from all corners. While Pandya apologised for his comments, yesterday, the CoA still decided to issue the two cricketers a show-cause notice and gave them 24 hours to explain themselves.

The all-rounder, in response, said he was “sincerely regretful” and would not repeat the behavior. However, Rai said that he was not convinced with Pandya’s explanation. “I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead,” he added.

When the host of the show asked him why didn’t he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “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.”

On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women, in comments that were deemed misogynist, sexist and racist on social media. Rahul, the more restrained of the two on the show hosted by film-maker Karan Johar, has not yet responded in public to the controversy.

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