Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry over sexist remarks

Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry over sexist remarks

In the pre-match media interaction, India captain Virat Kohli condemned the comments made by Pandya and Rahul, calling them "inappropriate". He said, "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions". COA member Diana Edulji has referred the matter to the BCCI's legal cell.

Johar pressed on throughout the episode, with one of his queries being how the Indian players decide if they happen to hit on the same woman.

"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth", said a source close to the development. "You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out".

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and spoke about how open he is with his parents, saying he had once told them after losing his virginity, "aaj mai kar ke aaya".

Appearing as guests in the popular television talk show "Koffee with Karan", Pandya generated a massive controversy with his "racist", "sexist" and "misogynistic" statements. It prompted the CoA to send a showcause notice to the duo.

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During the episode, Pandya is asked by KJo why he doesn't remember the names of the women he meets at nightclubs, in response to which he says: "I like to watch and observe how they move".

"I am not convinced with Hardik's explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. The Ombudsman shall be retired Judge of the Supreme Court or a retired Chief Justice of the High Court so appointed by the BCCI after obtaining his/her consent and on terms as determined by the BCCI in keeping with the dignity and stature of the office".

"In any case the procedure set by the BCCI constitution will have primacy over procedure set out under Code of Conduct", it said.

As the controversy built up in the following days, Pandya took to Twitter Wednesday to issue an apology: "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who [sic] I may have hurt in any way".

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