Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued showcause notice

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

Rahul was relatively restrained but Johar did manage to get him talking about condoms in his pocket as an 18-year-old that led to a dressing down from parents. According to a source, his comments were deemed "crass and cringeworthy" and might prompt a decision to be made on whether Indian cricketers appear on "such non-cricket shows" after this.

The recent episode of Koffee With Karan 6 featuring India cricket players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has been wreaking havoc on the Internet for all the wrong reasons. On the show, he bragged about not asking the names of women at parties and how he watched them move on the dance floor.

From that to talk on his sex life, Pandya's brashness did not taper down. Hardik Pandya revealed that he even informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, "Aaj mai kar ke aaya". "They will speak to the CEO from Australia", a senior BCCI official told CricketNext. The cricketers were unanimously pulled up for their "sexist" and "misogynistic" remarks.

This episode puts the BCCI and its attitude towards women in the spotlight once again, soon after its CEO Rahul Johri was given a contentious "clean chit" by a three-member independent inquiry committee that looked into allegations of sexual harrassment levelled against him by two women.

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But Pandya interrupted and said, "Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao". He took to Instagram to write that he had got "carried away" during the chat show.

This followed closely on the heels of Pandya posting an apology on his Instagram feed for his comments, which had attracted widespread social-media backlash for their perceived misogyny, sexism and racism. "The CEO or the BCCI media manager need to answer why they are not allowed to speak to most of the conventional media but allowed to appear on a talk show", Shetty, who is BCCI nominee taking care of Uttarakhand, told CricketNext. "It's how you see it", he stated.

The BCCI's move comes a day after Hardik issued an apology on Twitter, which was quite similar to apologies issued by many men during the Me Too movement, simply because they had been caught.

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