Virat Kohli on Pandya || Rahul row: Don't support inappropriate comments

"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry over their misogynist remarks in a TV chat show", the source said.

"#KaranJohar, shame that you snared innocent young cricketers into your trap for TRPS. their future is at stake and the country has lost 2 players in the current series", an angry Twitter user commented.

"We have gone through the Code of Conduct which also lays down a procedure for dealing with acts of misconduct on the part of players".

The BCCI and CoA chose 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. After watching the episode, one can not help but notice the double standards when one expresses strong views on making the film industry safer and better and lending support to the #MeToo movement versus the unending silence to apparent sexism and misogyny. They can't go out and say such things while pretending to be cool.

Speaking with the media ahead of the match, Indian cricket team's current captain Virat Kohli addressed the controversy: "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, don't align with those views". 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".

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and spoke about how open he is with his parents, saying he had once told them after losing his virginity, "aaj mai kar ke aaya". The series comes after India's historic Test series win Down Under - the country's first in 71 years.

"From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you'll have to think about the combination you'll need now", Kohli said in his media interaction. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made".

The CoA chief Vinod Rai then recommended the two-match ban in consultation with the other member Diana Edulji, but a final decision is set to be taken after the latter's formal go-ahead.

"The duo are being sent back".

Harbhajan Singh minced no words and told India Today, "Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban".

The duo have been omitted from the line-up for the opening ODI in Sydney, Australia.


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