Harbhajan Slams Pandya, Rahul for Ruining Reputation of Cricketers

KL Rahul right celebrates with Hardik Pandya after India won a one-day match against England in Manchester last year

GETTY IMAGESKL Rahul right celebrates with Hardik Pandya after India won a one-day match against England in Manchester last year

KJo is known to have candid, and often controversial, conversations on his chat show Koffee With Karan but the latest episode crossed a line.

"The duo will now return to India and an inquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution".

A BCCI source told PTI that Rahul was not considered for selection while Pandya will not feature at least in the game on Saturday. This was the procedure the BCCI followed when its CEO Rahul Johri faced sexual harassment allegations last October.

"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.and that has been communicated (to the two players)", said Kohli.

"If she (Edulji) wants to do it (inquiry), along with the acting secretary (Amitabh Choudhary), she is welcome to do it".

Both Pandya and Rahul have been part of India's practice sessions in Sydney leading up to Saturday's first ODI.

India go into the game on the back of a 2-1 Test series win over their hosts - the first time they have won a contest in the longer format of the game in Australia. BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI match ban for the players earlier and referred the matter to BCCI's legal cell. Acting secretary Choudhary wanted the pair suspended "immediately".

Indian cricket board BCCI swung into action and suspended the cricketers from playing all forms of cricket.

However, as the legal cell refused to term their problematic comments and behaviour on the show as a violation of the code of conduct, CoA member Diana Edulji recommended that they be suspended pending further investigation into the issue.

A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins.

The CoA performs the role of the Apex Council at the moment, till the AGM takes place. The legal team has suggested that the CoA, as the authorised head of the BCCI now, could substitute for the Apex Council.

Pandya has since reportedly also apologised to head coach Ravi Shastri, and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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