Pandya and Rahul suspended by BCCI after controversial comments
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended with immediate effect following controversial comments made on a television show.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned the duo from playing any form of cricket and ordered them to return home from the tour of Australia ahead of "an enquiry and proceedings … against them for misconduct and indiscipline".
Pandya and Rahul were this week widely criticised for making remarks that were perceived as being sexist on 'Koffee with Karan'. The BCCI stated that both players had apologised, while Pandya also expressed remorse via his official Instagram account.
A release from the governing body read: "The CoA [committee of administrators] in accordance with the BCCI has decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show.
"The duo will now return to India and an enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under rule 41 of the BCCI constitution.
"The CoA first sent out a notice to both players concerned to which the players responded with an apology. After considering their reply, it was decided that the BCCI would proceed against both for misconduct and indiscipline.
"The duo is now called upon to provide an explanation as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under rule 41 of the BCCI constitution within a period of seven days."
India, who are yet to announce replacements for the pair, lost the first ODI against Australia by 34 runs at the SCG on Saturday.