India suspend Pandya, Rahul over comments on women

Jose Verdugo
Enero 11, 2019

All-rounder Pandya has been criticised after bragging about his prowess with women during an interview on the Indian TV chat show, Koffee with Karan.

The duration of the suspension is not yet known, but it is likely the pair will miss the remainder of the Australia tour and the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand. This was the procedure the BCCI followed when its CEO Rahul Johri faced sexual harassment allegations last October.

The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension.

Pandya, for his part, has apologised for his comments saying he "got a bit carried away with the nature of the show".

Mitchell Marsh is ruled out through illness but the returning players are all set to start this match while pacemen Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake and Jhye Richardson are vying for two places to spearhead the bowling attack against India as the Test men like Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins are all rested.

Even though Rahul was seen at the ground, whether he and Pandya are named in the final squad for the first ODI or not remains a mystery as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling a two-match ban on the duo on the suggestion of Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai.

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The two will also not be considered for the three-match ODI series against Australia, starting January 12 in Sydney.

At Edulji's behest, the BCCI's legal team gave its inputs as to the way forward, and whether and how the players could be charged under the board's new constitution, which came into effect in August 2018.

Kohli insisted the team would adapt if Pandya and Rahul were not available to play.

As per the new BCCI constitution, the power to sanction players for indiscipline or misconduct is to rest with the BCCI's Apex Council.

It is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore. The legal team has suggested that the CoA, as the authorised head of the BCCI now, could substitute for the Apex Council.

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by India captain Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate and asserted that the side does not stand by "those individual opinions". "Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right".

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