Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended pending inquiry

The controversy heated up to such an extent that on Friday the duo was excluded from India's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women. After watching the episode, one can not help but notice the double standards when one expresses strong views on making the film industry safer and better and lending support to the #MeToo movement versus the unending silence to apparent sexism and misogyny.

The ongoing sixth season of Koffee with Karan released its 12th episode, with the two aforementioned Indian cricketers, last Sunday, January 6, 2019. Also, the BCCI Player Agreements defines "gross misconduct" as, "Any conduct which may bring disrepute to the game of cricket and/or the BCCI including the Office Bearers of the BCCI".

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On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents.

Indian captain Virat Kohli also said in the pre-match press conference that the Indian team did not align itself with the remarks that the two players made and it was not going to take away all the good work the team has produced on the field. Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions. "I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like 'Waah, proud of you beta", Pandya claimed. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move". He had said, "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". You are looking at women in only one angle? And though Rahul didn't make any controversial comments himself, social media users have blamed him for not intervening and taking up a stand. "But I do wish the BCCI spends time in sensitising these young players to life beyond the dressing room; to getting them outside the bubble that is inevitable given the adulation they get". "We are still waiting for a decision to be made".

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Apart from the two cricketers' misogynist comments affecting them individually, it has also affected the Indian team's balance a day before the first ODI.

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