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

Pandya inappropriate, unfortunate: Kohli

Pandya inappropriate, unfortunate: Kohli

Pandya's comments about his relationships with women and other remarks perceived as sexist during an Indian celebrity chat show broadcast last Sunday just as India was celebrating its historic first Test series win in Australia. Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav are making their maiden ODI appearance in Australia.

Inappropriate comments have cast a shadow over India's Test celebrations and ODI preparations, with Virat Kohli making his displeasure clear, as Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul face suspension amid a sexism scandal.

"Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did".

"Considering that the inquiry process against the concerned players has commenced and is pending, it is open for the COA to suspend the concerned players (along with their privileges and benefits) pending enquiry and proceeding into the charges of misconduct until final adjudication", the legal team said in its email to the CoA, the office bearers and the BCCI's professional management. The team also recommended that an ad-hoc Ombudsman, meeting the criteria set by the BCCI constitution, be appointed to adjudicate on the matter within the maximum prescribed period of 6 months from the date the player is charged.

'They have to understand the magnitude of what's happened.

Kohli, speaking on Friday, distanced his team from the views that Pandya and Rahul had expressed about women.

As punishment, Pandya and Rahul were suspended by India's cricket administrators, hours after captain Virat Kohli expressed his strong disapproval.

"We, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".

"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", Kohli told reporters. The bigger question though is regarding Pandya's absence, for the all-rounder provides crucial balance to the ODI side with his ability to bowl 10 overs as well as bat in the middle order. In Pandya's place, India included allrounder Jadeja, who impressed in the limited overs format during the Asia Cup past year.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.

A senior BCCI official said both will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.

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