Pandya and Rahul suspended over comments about women on TV show

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2019

The episode is no longer available for public viewing. This season, after successfully completing eleven episodes without much hullabaloo, the show has sparked controversy. 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".

After facing huge backlash on social media, Hardik Pandya had taken to his social media account to apologise and had blamed the "nature of the show' for his remarks on women".

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.

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Hotstar has not issued a statement giving the reason for taking the episode off the air, but it has removed promotional pictures related to it from platforms such as Instagram. On Thursday, CoA chief Vinod Rai had recommended a two-game ban for both players, subject to Edulji's approval, for their comments which were widely seen as misogynistic. "This was expected and I am not surprised", the off-spinner, who has over 400 Test wickets, said. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move", Pandya said in response to host Karan Johar's question about why he doesn't ask women their names at bars. "I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women) and they were like 'Waah, proud of you beta", Pandya claimed.

The thought of a talk show making life hard for so many people never came across anyone's mind until India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Hardik Pandya made their presence felt (in its truest sense) on renowned talk show Koffee With Karan. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

Pandya described an incident when he took his family out for a party and they asked him which women he had a "scene" with, referring to the women Pandya had hooked up with.

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"We have gone through the Code of Conduct which also lays down a procedure for dealing with acts of misconduct on the part of players".

"From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the changing room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create".

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