Pandya & Rahul Suspended, to Face Inquiry Over TV Show Comments

Captains Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli

Pandya and Rahul were speaking on popular celebrity talk show Koffee with Karan, which is hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar. They have been terrible in this format of the game of late, winning just three of their last 21. "Then I can imagine".

Pandya spoke about "hook ups" with several women and said he liked to observe women at bars or night clubs.

"Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry", the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told PTI. India would take the upcoming series as an oportunity to quickly sort out their middle-order combination, which could mean trying out all of the available options and in this case, and in this respect, the series is going to be a big one for India.

As per the new BCCI constitution, the power to sanction players for indiscipline or misconduct is to rest with the BCCI's Apex Council.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has told the team management that the duo will not play in at least the first of three one-day internationals in Sydney on Saturday while a full inquiry is launched.

Ahead of today's first ODI against Australia at the SCG, India captain Virat Kohli said the comments made by the Rahul and Pandya were not supported by their teammates.

"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room".

"It has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right."
I can say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we don't align with those views and those are purely individual views.

The Indian team defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test series, ending the country's 71-year-old wait for a rare series win Down Under.

During the series, opener KL Rahul was ineffective with the bat, averaging just 11.40 with a high score of just 44 from five innings. Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav are making their maiden ODI appearance in Australia.

Kuldeep Yadav has already proved himself in Australia with a five-wicket haul in Sydney Test, while Yuzvendra Chahal, who is now at the sixth place in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers, would like to cement his place in the side permanently by performing consistently.

Reacting, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli also said their statements were unacceptable.



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