Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Despite apology, Hardik Pandya may not be out of trouble

Despite apology, Hardik Pandya may not be out of trouble

India cricketer Hardik Pandya on January 9 apologised after being slammed for making what many construed as misogynistic and sexist remarks on talk show Koffee With Karan hosted by film maker Karan Johar.

Hardik, along with batsman KL Rahul, triggered a massive outpour online for their problematic statements on women, prompting the Board to consider banning players from attending any shows unrelated to cricket. In the whole episode, he could not stop himself from boasting about womanizing and that did not go down well with the netizens.

Pandya quickly posted an apology on social media.

Soon after, both Hardik and Rahul were given a show cause notice by the BCCI. "They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation", Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators said. He clarified that he did not mean to "disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments" and had gotten carried away with the nature of the show.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession. In it, the two cricketers were asked several questions about their personal lives and relationships, and Pandya's replies in particular came in for plenty of condemnation on social media.

On the show, Pandya bragged about having affairs with multiple women and even spoke about being candid about it with parents. "This is sad. Someone of the stature of Bishen Singh Bedi also did not get away with going on a television show in the 70s and was handed a one-match ban", sources in the Board told TOI. "Exhausted of this boys will be boys attitude", Ekta Chauhan, a Twitter user, wrote. After all the hullabaloo, it is unlikely another contracted player will ever be allowed to appear in the controversial show.

Pandya is now with the Indian team in Australia where it recorded a historic maiden Test series win. He also revealed that how he informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, "Aaj maikarkeaaya". "As I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first". "The other day there was a party", Pandya said.

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