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Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry into comments on TV show

12 January 2019
Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry into comments on TV show

They have great riches in all positions but they are likely to be without Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul after recent comments made on a television show that the BCCI have taken a dim view of so the likelihood is that they will not be considered for selection here which is no major issue given their strength and depth.

The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played on January 12, 2019.

"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry", CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI. The decision to hand them suspensions came after Rai's CoA colleague Diana Edulji recommended suspension till further action against the two.

Kohli distanced himself and his team from the views that Pandya and Rahul, who was unlikely to play this weekend regardless, had expressed about women.

".it's good that we have someone like (Ravindra) Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role if a scenario like that occurs", Kohli said.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude", Kohli said.

"We, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated". Kohli added that the controversy won't affect the team's spirit and momentum which it has been able to create during the tour. 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.

Live updates: India vs Australia, the action now shifts to Sydney for the first ODImatch. Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation".

Pandya spoke about "hook ups" with several women and said he liked to observe women at bars or night clubs. His comments were slammed as misogynistic, and drew a lot of flak from all corners especially on social media.

"It's confirmed. The duo are being sent back". He also vowed never to repeat the behaviour.

Pandya and Rahul both trained with the squad on Friday at the SCG but the allrounder made a beeline for the rooms after his hit, refusing to stop for hundreds of fans keen for autographs and selfies.

"You are aware that the 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", the show-cause notice, which ESPNcricinfo has accessed, read.