COA lifts suspension of Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul with immediate effect

The Committee of Administrators has finally lifted the bans on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya with immediate effect until the Supreme Court appoints the next Ombudsman in next hearing. The duo was suspended after Pandya was seen making misogynistic comments on a talk show that aired two weeks ago.

They were suspended for an indefinite period for their comments. The duo was asked for an explanation about their alleged misconduct and indiscipline to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The statement released by the BCCI said, “Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect.”

There was a furor on social media after Koffee with Karan aired on January 6.

“When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya had boasted on the episode.

Pandya had apolgised to his fans on social media and even said sorry to his teams. He replied to a show cause notice by CoA but that did not cut much ice with the administrators.

Harbhajan Singh blasted the duo and said they had harmed the reputation of the Indian cricket fraternity. One of India’s greatest match-winners, Harbhajan said he would not want to be travel in the same team bus with either Pandya or Rahul.

“Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying in media reports.