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Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul likely to be suspended

KL Rahul right celebrates with Hardik Pandya after India won a one-day match against England in Manchester last year GETTY IMAGESKL Rahul right celebrates with Hardik Pandya after India won a one-day match against England in Manchester last year
Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 13:45

Diana Edulji, member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Friday recommended "suspension till further action" against India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) legal team refused to declare their outrage-evoking comments on women a violation of the code of conduct. "As a responsible platform, we have removed the episode from Hotstar with immediate effect".

However, Rai told PTI that he was not convinced with Pandya's explanation.

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.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on Koffee with Karan season 6.

Facing major backlash on social media, Pandya quickly took to his Twitter account and sent out an apology where he said that he got "a bit carried away" and that he did not "mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments".

"I am little from the Black side, so I need to see how they (women) move" was one of the answers when show host Karan Johar asked him about why he does not ask the names of the women he meets at nightclubs. The Indian cricketers also had to face the rage of the BCCI who issued them show cause notices for their derogatory comments made on women in the show.

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Kohli added that the two players "have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?"

"But Cricket Australia banned them for one year for the disrepute they brought to the game".

Hardik Pandya of India during the 2018 Momentum ODI International Series match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in February 2018. Rahul has not yet reacted to the social media storm.

Speaking with the media ahead of the match, Indian cricket team's current captain Virat Kohli addressed the controversy: "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, don't align with those views".