COA chief recommends two-match ban on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

New Delhi: A two-match ban has been suggested by COA chief Vinod Rai for international cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their alleged “sexist” comments at a talk show hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.

On Thursday, the chief of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) Vinod Rai suggested a ban from two-One Day Internationals (ODIs) in an email conversation with the other member of the CoA, Diana Eduljee, after a storm blew up, over Pandya’s remarks over his ways with women.

“I have seen the remarks made by these two players on the show in print today. Very crass. No apology can cover it. I had asked Diana to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension,” Rai said in the email.

The CoA had issued a showcause notice to Pandya and Rahul and gave them 24 hours to reply. Although Pandya responded to the notice on Wednesday, the Committee was not happy with it.

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In his apology, Pandya said he got “carried away by the nature” of the show, where he boasted about hooking up with multiple women and how he was open with his parents about it.

“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way,” Pandya wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where they recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win. He will next be seen in action in the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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