Indian cricket players are suspended ahead of the national team’s ODI

Indian cricket players are suspended ahead of the national team’s ODI

Indian cricket players are suspended ahead of the national team’s one-day international with Australia over sexist remarks in a TV chat show

  • India’s historic cricket tour of Australia has been marred by controversy  
  • Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul were handed bans by on Friday for misogyny
  • Both Pandya and Rahul appeared on a TV show where they received backlash
  • Pandya is in trouble for misogynist comments after boasting about having sex
  • Virat Kohli condemned comments claiming it wasn’t representative of squad  

India’s historic cricket tour of Australia has been marred by controversy with two players suspended from duties over sexist comments on a TV chat show. 

All-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman Lokesh (KL) Rahul were handed the bans by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday.

‘The CoA in accordance with the BCCI has decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show,’ a statement said.

‘The duo will now return to India and an enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution.’ 

India’s historic cricket tour of Australia has been marred by controversy with two players suspended from duties ahead of the first of three one-day international’s over misogynist remarks made on a TV chat show (pictured)


All-rounder Hardik Pandya, left, and batsman Lokesh (KL) Rahul, right, were handed the bans by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday (both pictured on TV show Koffee with Karan

Both Pandya and Rahul appeared on Koffee with Karan a show which encourages stars to open up about their personal lives, which aired on January 6, as India wrapped up a convincing Test victory over Australia in Sydney.

Pandya bragged about his prowess with women, saying, ‘You are just watching and observing how they move… I have to see how they move first,’ he said.

He also told a story about an incident where he was out with his parents at a party and told them about a woman he had previously had a ‘scene’ with.


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‘And I actually had to tell them. This one. This one. This one,’ he said, before revealing how he boasted to his parents about losing his virginity.

While Rahul did not make comments as seemingly crude, he found himself caught up in the backlash on social media and is left to explain himself to the BCCI.

The BCCI statement said both offending players were initially hit with a notice which led them to respond with an apology. 

Indian captain Virat Kohli returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday – the same location where his Test team made history days earlier – to take a stand against the misogyny

‘From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support,’ Kohli said (pictured: Kohli and Rahul on day five of the Fourth Test at the SCG)

‘The CoA in accordance with the BCCI has decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show,’ a statement said (pictured: Pandya at ODI training on Friday)

Pandya posted an apology to his social media accounts claiming he had ‘reflected’ on his comments. 

‘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,’ he wrote.   

Indian captain Virat Kohli returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday – the same location where his Test team made history days earlier – to condemn the comments. 

‘From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support,’ he said.

Kohli added that the two players ‘have understood the magnitude of what’s happened’.

Pandya, who bragged about his sexual relationships with women, posted an apology to his social media accounts (pictured)

India will play three one-dayers against Australia before continuing on to New Zealand (pictured: Rahul and Kohli)

The first one-day international is at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday (pictured: Pandya at Kirribilli House)

‘Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right.’ 

The pair were in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, 2-1.

Both Pandya and Rahul shared pictures on Instagram at the conclusion of the Test series sharing their joy about the victory. 

India will play three one-dayers against Australia before continuing on to New Zealand. 

The first one-day international is at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. 

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