Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul suspended over 'sexist' comment, called back home

Rex Christensen
January 11, 2019

The controversy heated up to such an extent that on Friday the duo was excluded from India's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women.

The episode is no longer available for public viewing. The episode was aired last Sunday.

Hardik Pandya had taken on Twitter on Wednesday for apologizing for his comments on the show. Their names are still present on the show's official description on Hotstar though.

Readers may be aware that after the episode, Hardik Pandya received a lot of flak on social media from fans as well as other netizens for his comments on the show.

Hardik Pandya And KL Rahul Suspended From The Australian ODI Series For Their Disrespectful Remarks on Women 2

The controversy had exploded when on the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women. "I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like 'Waah, proud of you beta", Pandya claimed. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move".

"The two concerned players have felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened". Rahul answered saying, "up to the woman" while an outspoken Hardik said: "Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai". While Pandya apologised for his comments on Wednesday, the CoA still chose to issue the two cricketers a show-cause notice and gave them 24 hours to explain themselves. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

He further added, "From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create". Ranveer Singh, who is basking in the success of Simmba, appeared on the show with his Band Baaja Baaraat co-star Anushka Sharma in 2011 and two snippets from the episode are being shared on social media with words of criticism for Ranveer Singh for his callous comments about Kareena Kapoor and Anushka. The cricketers, who have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on "Koffee with Karan", have been ruled out of the ODI series starting on Saturday though a final decision on whether they will return home or not immediately hasn't yet been taken. He said, "We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions".

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