Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul sent back to home to face inquiry

The severity of the punishment will also be decided by the inquiry committee and they will ponder upon whether to hand out the same punishment to both or treat them differently

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After facing criticism from cricketing fans and others on social media - for their comments on specific topics on the talk show Koffee With Karan - Indian cricketers, Hardik Pandya, and KL Rahul will now be sent back to India to face a committee set up to inquire their ‘inappropriate’ comments on women. The severity of their punishment that they will face, will be decided after they present their case to the panel.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli responded to the controversy and said that the Indian team doesn’t stand by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their ‘inappropriate’ comments on women during their conversation with Karan Johar. However, Kohli insisted that the dispute won’t affect the dressing room morale.

Pandya and Rahul have already been suspended from playing for India in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. On the other hand, no specific time frame has been set to deliver a verdict against the two but the committee will first watch the entire episode and speak with the players before delivering a decision. The severity of the punishment will also be decided by them and they will ponder upon whether to hand out the same punishment to both or treat them differently.

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The Committee of Administrators (CoA) monitoring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji had initially agreed to hand a two-match ban to both of them. But Edulji had stressed on suspended them both following due procedure.

We have followed all procedure before suspending them. An email has been sent to players. We don’t know how much time it will take for the probe to get over; we don’t know what the quantum of punishment will be. We will be meeting soon to decide who will be part of the probe panel or the committee to look into this suspension. These players will have to be present whenever the probe committee calls them,” said Edulji.

However, the issue with the inquiry is that BCCI does not have a disciplinary committee and therefore, it is being said that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will reportedly be involved in the inquiry. But it is still unclear whether they have a legal standing to deal with the issue.

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