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Sexist comment row: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended till probe ends

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Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 13:41

The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day worldwide (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters. The recent episode became quite the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons, so much so that the comments made by Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul even resulted in strict action being taken against them by BCCL.

Cricketer Hardik Pandya has been embroiled in controversy ever since his appearance on the latest episode of Koffee with Karan.

On the show, Pandya narrated an incident where he was out partying with his parents and revealed that he had told his parents about the women he had a "scene" with.

"I am a little from the black side, so I have to see how they move first".

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

"At a party, my parents asked me, 'Acha tera wala kaun sa hai [Which women are yours]?" It's all about talent.

Team India is also scheduled to travel to New Zealand after the three-match series down under and will be playing 5 ODIs and three T20Is before returning home in the second week of February.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI.

Pandya has since reportedly also apologised to head coach Ravi Shastri, and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Two bits of the episode where Ranveer makes risque jokes about Anushka and Kareena Kapoor are going viral on social media, with many users criticising the Simmba star.

"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support", he said. Those were individual opinions.

"Yesterday, and some time before that as well, we have all been waiting for a decision by the board".