Here’s why Hardik Pandya is apologising

Sydney/New Delhi:  Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were issued show cause notices by the BCCI on Wednesday for their comments on women on TV that triggered a massive outrage. It might also prompt the Board to bar players from such appearances.

Pandya, whose remarks on ‘Koffee with Karan’ were criticised as sexist, apologised for his remarks, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, however, has not yet responded to the criticism yet.

“We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.

Taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “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. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also mentioned how open he has been about it with his parents. He even enacted out how his family was proud when he pointed out several women in a party he has had relationships/hook-ups with.

When show host Karan Johar asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”

Criticism soon started pouring in on social media against Pandya and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass.

According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.

“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.

While KL Rahul himself did not deliver crassness, he played along with Pandya’s proclamations, his references to cheerleaders, boasting about sleeping with women in rooms of teammates, and casual references about ‘sharing’ women (teri wali-meri wali).

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.

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