Virat Kohli says team doesn’t agree with Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul views

Ruben Ruiz
January 12, 2019

However, following the high of their historic triumph, the squad has since been rocked by the controversial comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on a TV show.

"The duo will now return to India and an enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline", a BCCI press release late on Friday night stated.

Less than a week since India won its first-ever Test series in Australia, attended turns to the white-ball format of the game, with a a host of changes made for both sides.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude", Kohli said.

As punishment, Pandya and Rahul were suspended by India's cricket administrators, hours after captain Virat Kohli expressed his strong disapproval.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar will make his first worldwide appearance since November 2018 when India take the field to bowl first against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. With their absence being a blessing in disguise, the captain Virat Kohli will be still scratching his head over the team combination.

Kohli suggested on Friday that the saga, which erupted while Rahul was playing the fourth Test and Pandya was part of that squad, was unfortunate but had not taken any shine off his team's maiden Test series win in Australia. I can say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we don't align with those views and those are purely individual views. Kohli added that the controversy won't affect the team's spirit and momentum which it has been able to create during the tour. Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth.

Pandya, 25, also related a story about a party he attended where he pointed to multiple women and then told his parents: "I have something going on with each of them". His comments were slammed as misogynistic, and drew a lot of flak from all corners especially on social media. He also vowed never to repeat the behaviour.

Keeping in mind the above, since the BCCI doesn't have an Ombudsman at the moment, the legal cell has recommended the appointment of "ad-hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter" or an internal inquiry committee might be constituted, sources close to the CoA informed CricketNext. The constitution specifies that the BCCI CEO seek an explanation from the players through an initial show-cause notice and the CEO's report is to be forwarded by the Apex Council to an Ombudsman, who determines what sanctions are binding.

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