Hardik Pandya needs to come back quickly: Ajit Agarkar

"I mean he has not committed a crime."

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Ajit Agarkar. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The last couple of weeks haven’t gone down well with Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya by any means. He made some sexist comments in the show Koffee With Karan following which he has received a lot of flak from every nook and corner of the country. The 25-year-old was sent home midway from the Australia tour and his chances of participating in the World Cup have also come under the clouds.

Vijay Shankar replaced him in the national squad for the tour Down Under as well as the New Zealand ODI and T20I series. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meted out an indefinite suspension to the Baroda cricketer. He made a public apology after the show and recently, the youngster also tendered an unconditional apology to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

He has already missed three games

Now the SC will be hearing the case to appoint an ombudsman and it’s yet not known until when he would be out of action. Also, he may also end up missing the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he plays for Mumbai Indians (MI). In the meantime, Ajit Agarkar, the former Indian cricketer, has stood beside Pandya and reckons he hasn’t committed a crime and the decision on him should come at the earliest.

“Hardik Pandya needs to come back quickly. I don’t know whoever got to make the decision has to make the decision quickly enough. I mean he has not committed a crime, he has admitted his mistake of making some crass statements, people need to move on and at least hand him his punishment,” Agarkar was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

“He has already missed three games, he is going to miss five more and he hasn’t had a lot of cricket in the past two and a half months. He gives you balance,” the veteran of 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four T20Is, mentioned.

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