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Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

Not tolerating Pandya and Rahul's indecent banter on KWK 6, BCCI has now suspended the two cricketers till pending injury and they will likely be returning to India to justify their comments in front of the enquiry committee.

"It will be imperative that the players be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided for this misconduct", the mail added.

"We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".

In the pre-match media interaction, India captain Virat Kohli condemned the comments made by Pandya and Rahul, calling them "inappropriate". Harbhajan also said that the anti-corruption unit needed to track the players and if anybody went missing, they needed to see where they went.

The BCCI and CoA made a decision to suspend the two players and while the board wants them to return home, the team management wants them to stay back to evade severe backlash.

On an episode that aired Sunday night, Pandya and Rahul made remarks about women which were seen as "sexist and misogynistic". In response to a question on why he doesn't ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, he had said, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move".

However, the skipper insisted that the dressing room morale won't be affected by the controversy after the historic high of a maiden Test series triumph in Australia.

On being asked about the possible combination if the duo is banned, Kohli said: "From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need then". "You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds".

They were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in Sydney but now it seems they won't be in the mix even for the limited-overs tour of New Zealand beginning 23 January. It prompted the CoA to send a showcause notice to the duo.

Social media reprimanded Karan Johar for luring Pandya and Rahul to open up about their sexual preferences and airing it on national television for garnering TRP for his chat show.

However, Rai told PTI that he was not convinced with Pandya's explanation.

Meanwhile, Australia named their playing XI for the first ODI, with veteran fast bowler Peter Siddle set to play his first ODI in eight years.

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