Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s comments on a popular TV show had already landed them into much trouble with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai recommending a two-ODI ban on both the players.
Meanwhile, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has pushed for stronger punishment stating that players should be allowed to re-join the team only after going through a ‘proper sensitisation’ in addition to serving the ban given.
While the on-field focus in Indian cricket is set to shift to white-ball cricket with the ODI series against Australia, the off-field attention has been hogged by controversial interview on an entertainment show.
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has landed himself in controversy after his comments on the TV show. Pandya and KL Rahul, who also appeared on the show, were issued showcause notices by the BCCI.
The massive outrage after the interview might prompt the Indian cricket board to bar players from such appearances on non-cricket show.
Hardik Pandya later offered “regrets” in response to the showcause notice from BCCI. He also vowed never to repeat the behaviour.
Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where it recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win. Section of Cricket fans in Social media sarcastically said non cricketers like retired auditors Vinodrai if given chief status could only result in exaggerated figures , situation that will be dismissed in courts