Suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Being Sent Back From Australia Mid-Tour

Suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Being Sent Back From Australia Mid-Tour

Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced his team from the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's comments on the talk show Koffee With Karan, saying the side does not endorse the views of the two players concerned.

"In terms of Rule 41 (6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any matter whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter".

The Indian team management will take a call on whether they would want to keep the two with the team or send them back.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions".

The 25-year-old Pandya posted his apology on social media.

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

Pandya and Rahul appeared on popular TV show "Koffee with Karan" which aired on Sunday. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made", Kohli said at the press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday.

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Kohli needs 173 runs in the three-match ODI series against Australia to go past West Indies' batting legend and former captain Brian Lara on the tally of most ODI runs. Acting secretary Choudhary wanted the pair suspended "immediately".

If the two players are banned, the decision might lead to a few changes in the combination of the playing XI that would have featured in the first ODI, particularly with all-rounder Pandya's place.

Virat Kohli expressed his displeasure at the comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

As per the new BCCI constitution, the power to sanction players for indiscipline or misconduct is to rest with the BCCI's Apex Council. This was after the BCCI's legal team refused to declare the duo's comments a violation of the code of conduct. "Considering that the BCCI at present does not have an Ombudsman, the COA, in our view, will be justified in and entitled to appoint an ad hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter".

The controversial show has also been pulled down.

Kohli said that their comments were not acceptable and were strictly personal, adding that the same message was communicated to the two players.

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