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Pandya, Rahul suspended

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 11: Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were on Friday suspended pending an inquiry into their outrage-evoking comments on women during a TV show, ruling them out of the ODI series against Australia starting on Saturday.

The cricketers, who have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on �Koffee with Karan�, were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in Sydney.

�Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry,� the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told PTI.

A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins.

�Whether it will be an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman who will conduct an inquiry, is yet to be ascertained,� the official said.

�The Indian team management will take a call on whether they would want to keep the two with the team or send them back. There is a school of thought that they be kept with the team as the backlash back home could be severe but majority in BCCI brass is against the decision,� he added.

In case the two are brought back from Australia, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey will be in contention to be their replacements. � PTI

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Pandya, Rahul suspended

NEW DELHI, Jan 11: Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were on Friday suspended pending an inquiry into their outrage-evoking comments on women during a TV show, ruling them out of the ODI series against Australia starting on Saturday.

The cricketers, who have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on �Koffee with Karan�, were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in Sydney.

�Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry,� the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told PTI.

A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins.

�Whether it will be an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman who will conduct an inquiry, is yet to be ascertained,� the official said.

�The Indian team management will take a call on whether they would want to keep the two with the team or send them back. There is a school of thought that they be kept with the team as the backlash back home could be severe but majority in BCCI brass is against the decision,� he added.

In case the two are brought back from Australia, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Manish Pandey will be in contention to be their replacements. � PTI

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