Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Vinod Rai recommends two-ODI ban for Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Vinod Rai recommends two-ODI ban for Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

All of them have agreed on the need to punish Pandya.

Speaking to PTI, Rai said: "I am not convinced with Hardik's explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players".

Rahul's comments on the show have not drawn any criticism but the fact that the duo appeared together perhaps also had him caught in the social media storm.

"The very first caution that the ICC Anti-Corruption officers give in briefing to the players is to beware of situations of honey traps and the comments made on the show make it seem that the players may just be ripe for the plucking", he added. "As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable", Rai told the news agency. Therefore, the suspension must happen immediately. The respective CoA member Diana Edulji calls for a ban on both cricketers, as a punishment for their cheap thought process regarding women.

Hardik Pandya (L) celebrates a wicket with Virat Kohli.

It's being reported that CoA decision on the 2 will be announced after Edulji, who has sought opinion of the BCCI acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry on banning the players, gives her nod. Most probably, he hasn't got any way to escape from it, as the show was already aired and also went viral.

"The other day, at a party, my parents asked me 'tera wala kaun kaun hai'(which are the women you've been with?) I sat with them and said (makes pointing gestures) yeh, yeh, yeh sabke saath kuch raha hai mera (this one, this one and this one - I've had something with all of them) and they were like waah proud of you beta".

Rai asked Johri to draft an appropriate instruction on Thursday since the players had sent their explanation. "Separately please prepare an advisory to all BCCI contracted players and support staff", he wrote in the mail. Obviously, the reply was drafted by a lawyer. "Doesn't appear honest. I am inclined to suggest a penalty", Rai wrote stating that the seriousness of the comments of Rahul and Pandya are different and the quantum of punishment could be different.

The 25-year-old, who is playing in the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour, in his response to BCCI's showcause notice, saying he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive. His email, accessed by ESPNcricinfo, said: "As you are aware, 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".

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