Australia vs India - 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

Lewis Collier
January 12, 2019

Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are reportedly facing two-match bans after making sexist comments on a television program in their home country.

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

"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry", Rai confirmed to PTI.

The all-rounder and batsman are now in Sydney ahead of Saturday's first of three one-day games against Australia, but it is unknown if they will be available for selection in the team's final XI.

On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said the players' comments were not acceptable. The legal team ruled out charging Pandya and Rahul for violating the BCCI's Code of Conduct, which applies strictly to on-field actions. "We are 100 percent sure that India will win today's match because India won first ever test series in Australia, and it will take forward that confidence ahead".

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

Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world, who dismantled Australia in the recent Test series, has been rested from the three one-dayers. "That's how we are looking at it." the captain said.

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"So we are not too stressed as a team (about the Hardik Pandya situation) because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side".

'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.

"A couple of spots which might need rectification will be looked at but apart from that the idea is to make that combination and that team play together for the whole period left before the World Cup", Kohli said.

Pandya posted an apology to his social media accounts claiming he had "reflected" on his comments. But the ban is not yet imposed as CoA member Diana Edulji has requested for some time to study whether such a ban can be imposed or not and also to seek legal advice on the matter.

The grievance redressal that could fall under the said Ombudsman's purview include misconduct or indiscipline by any player, umpire, team official, selector or any person associated with the BCCI, according to Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution.

The pair has been handed show-cause notices by the BCCI and a formal decision regarding any suspensions will reportedly be made on Friday evening (AEDT).

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