Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Edulji Recommends Suspension for Pandya, Rahul After Legal Opinion

Edulji Recommends Suspension for Pandya, Rahul After Legal Opinion

The Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Thursday recommended a two-ODI ban on India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial comments on women in a TV show but fellow COA member. This one was aired two weeks ago, on December 30, 2018, whereas Hardik and Rahul's episode was supposed to be the first episode of this year on Koffee With Karan.

And now the recent update on that front is that, Hardik Pandya may have to face two match ban wherein he wouldn't be allowed to perform for two of them.

The episode that aired on 6 January on Star World, and also uploaded on Star's OTT platform Hotstar, is no longer available on the website. As Johar dove into Pandya's personal life, the latter made several free-wheeling remarks that displayed immaturity and an ingrained sense of misogyny, with people billing his comments as "crass, creepy, sexist, racist, and cringe-worthy".

He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?"


When the host of the show asked him why didn't he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. 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". Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI. The duo faced major backlash on social media.

Speaking with the media ahead of the match, Indian cricket team's current captain Virat Kohli addressed the controversy: "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, don't align with those views".

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