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Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can be suspended pending enquiry: BCCI Legal Cell

Diana Edulji also agreed with the cell's reply.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Recently, Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul attended a talk-show named Koffee With Karan, hosted by producer and director, Karan Johar, and made some sexist remarks on women. Ever since the duo has been a recipient of severe criticism even from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Now the episode, aired on Sunday, has also been taken down from the online platforms.

Now the youngsters are facing the prospect of suspensions after the BCCI’s legal cell, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, on Friday morning, communicated to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that they can be banned following an enquiry as per reports in Cricket Next. CoA chief Vinod Rai wants them to be banned even as his colleague Diana Edulji referred the matter to the legal cell for advice.

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“Taking into account the relevant rules of the BCCI and considering that the inquiry process against the concerned players has commenced and is pending, it is open for the COA to suspend the concerned players (along with their privileges and benefits) pending enquiry and proceeding into the charges of misconduct until final adjudication. The suspension will, however, cease, if the said adjudication is not completed within six months,” the legal cell’s reply to the CoA mentioned.

Troubles ahead for Pandya and Rahul

“It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” Edulji mentioned after the legal cell’s reply.

After Pandya and Rahul’s comments, the BCCI sent a show-cause notice to them on Wednesday, January 9 seeking an explanation surrounding the issue. They are currently in Australia where India would play a three-match ODI series and it’s yet not known whether they would take part in the matches or not.

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