Virat Kohli on Pandya || Rahul row: Don't support inappropriate comments

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2019

The thought of a talk show making life hard for so many people never came across anyone's mind until India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya made their presence felt (in its truest sense) on renowned talk show Koffee With Karan. While Pandya apologised for his comments on Wednesday, the CoA still made a decision to issue the two cricketers a show-cause notice and gave them 24 hours to explain themselves.

He added that at this point their chances of making the squad for the New Zealand tour is also "bleak".

"You are aware that enquiry and proceedings against you for misconduct and indiscipline have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution and the same are presently pending". This was the procedure the BCCI followed when its CEO Rahul Johri faced sexual harassment allegations last October.

Hotstar has not issued a statement giving the reason for taking the episode off the air, but it has removed promotional pictures related to it from platforms such as Instagram.

Choudhary agreed with Edulji's view in a separate email.

India A coach Rahul Dravid.

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Kohli was pressed on the matter in a pre-game media conference and made clear the comments were not acceptable.

Terming the comments as "inappropriate", the 30-year-old skipper said the belief in the dressing room is completely different from the individual comments of the two young players. 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. Acting secretary Choudhary wanted the pair suspended "immediately".

"Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right".

"The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing tomorrow as they are yet to get a final directive". It is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore.

The BCCI, pending fresh elections, does not have either an Apex Council or an Ombudsman.

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