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BCCI Suspends Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Ahead of Ind vs Aus ODI Series Troubled Duo Likely to Return Home File images of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2019, 16:25

Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India's opening one-day worldwide against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists lost, pending an investigation into the comments made on a TV celebrity show.

Batsman Rahul and all-rounder Pandya had been heavily criticised in India and on social media for remarks that were widely condemned as sexist and inappropriate.

Ambati Rayudu was reported for a suspect action during the first ODI between Australia and India in Sydney on Saturday.

While Shankar will join the team before the start of the second One Day International (ODI) in Adelaide and will be a part of the squad for the ODI series in Australia and the tour to New Zealand, Gill has been picked only for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand.

"Always when two quality players are not featuring in the side, it upsets the balance", Kohli said at the toss in Sydney.

'So it's a good sign for us that he showed he can come out and bat any time the team wants him to bat.

Kohli, speaking on Friday, distanced his team from the views that Pandya and Rahul had expressed about women.

"The duo is now called upon to provide an explanation as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution within a period of seven days", the BCCI said in a statement.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked the pair to explain the comments and Pandya apologised via an Instagram post, saying that he "got a bit carried away with the nature of the show". For Australia, it will be an opportunity to clinch the series.

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said. "We understood that it wasn't the quickest wicket in the world, so we knew when the ball goes a little softer later in the innings, when we turn the slower balls and change of pace and we thought it would be quite effective and we saw that at the end". "After the 2019 World Cup, he can make it to the [Indian] side".