Hardik Pandya’s loose comments could make him target of fixing syndicates: Anirudh Chaudhry
Both the cricketers are likely to get suspended.
Updated - Jan 11, 2019 1:27 pm
The star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s cringeworthy comments on the women has put him in serious trouble. He appeared on the talk show Koffee with Karan along with KL Rahul and little did the duo knew that their behaviour will be taken seriously. Moreover, they are also on the verge of getting suspended now by the BCCI. However, the treasurer of the board Anirudh Chaudhry has expressed his concern while also saying that such ‘honey traps’ can make Pandya the target of fixing syndicates.
Hardik has already apologised to the fans and the BCCI in response to the show cause notice but that hasn’t paid dividends at all. The CoA chief Vinod Rai isn’t satisified with it and has recommended a two-match ban and is waiting for the approval from Diana Edulji. Meanwhile, she sought Anirudh’s opinion in the matter and in an email, he has recommended a suspension pending enquiry on the cricketers.
Beware of honey traps
“The very first caution that the ICC Anti-Corruption officers give in briefing to the players is to beware of situations of honey traps and the comments made on the show make it seem that the players may just be right for the plucking,” Anirudh Chaudhry wrote in his email. He also further took a dig at the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who was accused of sexual harrassment recently in the #MeToo momvement which had rocked the country and also suggested that the players should be suspended.
“The players should be immediately suspended pending a proper inquiry and must be allowed to join the team (if selected) only once they have gone through a proper sensitization in addition to serving a ban if imposed on them. In any case, the entire team and the support staff must go through a sensitization process. The CEO may join them sensitization process as well as recommended by Ms Veena Gowda, advocate,” Anirudh further wrote.
Now it remains to be seen what decision is taken finally on the matter even as the ban at least on Pandya looks inevitable at the moment.