Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended over comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended over comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’

Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had urged the BCCI to sensitise young cricketers about 'life beyond the dressing room.' Bhogle's tweet had read, "It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya".

"It will be imperative that the players be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in the case of CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave in the sexual harassment matter", Edulji wrote in her email on Friday morning. "When you have free time, do what you want", the 38-old player said about his former Mumbai Indians colleague.

"Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan [season 6] may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers", the Star India-owned Hotstar said in a tweet, replying to a user query about the now-missing episode.

Meanwhile, it is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore. Responding to the criticism, he said that the public should not make too much of Hardik's comments as they were made on a lighter note with the intention of entertaining the audience. "It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate". The series comes after India's historic Test series win Down Under - the country's first in 71 years. "There is a school of thought that they be kept with the team as the backlash back home could be severe but the majority in BCCI brass is against the decision", he added. "You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds".

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and spoke about how open he is with his parents, saying he had once told them after losing his virginity, "aaj mai kar ke aaya". Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions.

However, Rai told PTI that he was not convinced with Pandya's explanation.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opening batsman KL Rahul are in danger of missing India's upcoming ODI series against Australia.

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