Both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got show cause notices from the BCCI and had to tender unconditional apologies.
Both the players were duly suspended pending an inquiry by the BCCI. Hardik had to leave Australia in the middle of an ongoing tour. Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar will replace suspended Hardik Pandya for India’s ongoing ODI series in Australia while rookie Punjab opener Shubman Gill will be joining the national team during the limited over series in New Zealand.
A three-year honorary membership was given to Hardik Pandya in October 2018 by Khar Gymkhana which is one of the reputed clubs in Mumbai. Following the backlash over his comments, the club has decided to revoke the membership of Hardik Pandya as its Managing Committee felt that Hardik does not deserve it.
On Tuesday Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul gave their statements to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri initiating the inquiry into their much-condemned comments on women that have split the Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Hardik-Rahul disciplinary row has now become a new bone of contention in CoA.
CoA chairman Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji are not in agreement over how the inquiry should be conducted. CoA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban on the duo but his colleague Diana Edulji took the matter to the BCCI legal cell, which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman.
The BCCI office-bearers seconded Edulji and even went to the extent of demanding a Special General Meeting to discuss the matter. Rai, on the other hand, has cautioned against going too far.
Babul Supriyo, union minister and playback singer, waded into the controversy, criticising Edulji for “contemplating extreme steps”.
In an e-mail to Edulji, he has stated that the “BCCI is not in the business of ending young careers.”
The disciplinary process with regard to “misconduct and indiscipline” charges against Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul is in limbo, putting a serious question mark over the time frame of the suspended players’ return to the Indian team fold. Their IPL participation, too, will depend on the outcome of the disciplinary process, which is yet to commence.