Indian cricket stars in hot water over 'sexist, misogynistic' remarks

I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone Hardik Pandya apologises for comments on ‘Koffee with Karan

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Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has apologised for his misogynistic comments and bragging about losing virginity to his parents on Koffee With Karan show.

He is said to have spoken with coach Ravi Shastri and other senior members of the Indian ODI team, expressing his regret over those remarks made on "Koffee with Karan", a chat show hosted by film-maker Karan Johar. In the whole episode, he could not stop himself from boasting about womanizing and that did not go down well with the netizens.

After facing massive flak from the audiences and receiving a show cause notice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Indian all-arounder Hardik Pandya on Wednesday extended an apology to the board saying he is extremely regretful for his remarks made during the TV chat show Koffee With Karan. "This attempt at an apology does in no way bring the issue to closure. They have given 24 hours to give an explanation", CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI. Pandya and his KL Rahul, who also appeared on the show, were issued showcause notices by the BCCI. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. There was still no information if Rahul has responded. Karan asked some very personal questions, while Pandya did not hesitate to answer any of those, he raised many eyebrows with them. "Respect", Pandya posted on Twitter.

"It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket", a BCCI source told PTI.

The notice was issued hours after Pandya apologized on his official Twitter page for his comments on women, that triggered a huge outrage among fans from across the country.

Pandya is now with the Indian team in Australia and his response, released to a section of the media in Sydney, spoke of regrets.

The 25-year-old also said things like, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm a little from the black side so I need to see how they move". Calling Pandya a disgrace to the cricketing committee, Shetty said that the BCCI should take corrective steps for cricketers who talk rubbish on public platform.

India are scheduled to start a three-match ODI series against Australia from Saturday.

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