Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued showcause notice

I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone Hardik Pandya apologises for comments on ‘Koffee with Karan

Show-host Karan Johar broke his own rules and invited the young Indian cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for a chat on his talk show.

Pandya's comments, slammed as misogynistic and sexist, drew a lot of flak from people on social media and administrators alike, prompting CoA to issue a show cause notice on Wednesday.

"After reflecting on my comments on "Koffee with Karan", I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way", he wrote. "This is sad. Someone of the stature of Bishen Singh Bedi also did not get away with going on a television show in the 70s and was handed a one-match ban", sources in the Board told TOI. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

Responding to the show cause notice, Pandya said that while on the chat show he did not realise his comments could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers. On the show, he bragged about not asking the names of women at parties and how he watched them move on the dance floor.

Pandya had recently attended the show along with his India teammate KL Rahul and made quite a number of eye-popping comments. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension.

Both Pandya and Rahul boasted about hooking up with multiple women.

After a furore on social media, Pandya took to Twitter to offer an apology in the morning.

As the backlash began to mount, Pandya issued an apology on his Instagram feed. His conduct was unacceptable.

Meanwhile, veteran cricket commentator and expert Harsha Bhogle said that while it was good to issue a show cause notice to the offending cricketers, BCCI should also sensitise "young players to life beyond the dressing room". "He (Hardik) needs to understand the impact the utterances of an global cricketer have in this country but more importantly he needs to learn how to differentiate between the right and the wrong", he said.

Chaudhry raised concerns about the permissions taken by the players before appearing on the show, the disrepute it brought to other Indian cricketers and about how these comments leave them open to honeytraps that players are trained to avoid in ICC ACSU briefings.

Pandya is now with the Indian team in Australia where they recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win.



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