Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honourary membership
The last few days have turned out to be equivalent to a horrific dream for Hardik.
Updated - Jan 15, 2019 12:06 pm
Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-round cricketer, recently featured in a show named Koffee With Karan and made some sexist remarks on women. Thereafter, he has been a recipient of severe criticism from every nook and corner of the country. Even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came down hard on him and sent him a show-cause notice, asking him to reply on the shambolic matter in the talk-show.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by Vinod Rai, also handed him an indefinite suspension until a further enquiry on the matter. He has recently been sent home midway from the tour of Australia and his replacement has also been named. Diana Edulji, Rai’s colleague and former Indian women’s cricketer, also hinted that the 25-year-old from Baroda miss the World Cup, starting on May 30.
More misery for Pandya
In the meantime, it has been learned that Khar Gymkhana, a reputed sports club in Mumbai has revoked the honourary three-year membership offered to the young Baroda cricketer as per reports in India Today. The last few days have turned out to be equivalent to a horrific dream for Hardik and the scenario doesn’t look like changing for Hardik by any stretch of the imagination for the time being.
Even from the commercial perspective, Pandya has incurred losses. Gillette, a brand of safety razors and other personal care products, has ended its association with Hardik. Meanwhile, Pandya has apologised a couple of times, but they weren’t adequate for the cricket board. After he was banned, Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, didn’t mince any words in saying that his exclusion would disturb the team balance.
Even former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar supported the BCCI and CoA’s decision. A couple of Bollywood actors- Esha Gupta and Urvashi Rautela– have lashed out at the cricketer. During the show, he also chose Virat Kohli over Sachin Tendulkar and even that comment drew a lot of criticism from the supporters. It would now be interesting to see how the BCCI and the CoA handle and matter.