All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh (KL) Rahul could miss India's first ODI game against Australia on Saturday, following controversy about comments the two made on popular Indian TV programme Koffee with Karan. Following a backlash, the episode has now being removed from Hotstar, the online platform on which the show is streamed, and Pandya has apologised. Further, a two-ODI match ban on the players by the CoA.
The comments were labelled "very crass" by the chairman of the country's highest cricketing body, Vinod Rai, who has called for a two-match ban for the two players.
Hardik Pandya had taken on Twitter on Wednesday for apologizing for his comments on the show.
He also shared that he openly identifies the women he sleeps with to his parents: "At a party my parents asked me acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (Which are your women)?"
'Why don't you ask women's names at nightclubs?' asked Karan. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move".
"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI. While Pandya apologised for his comments on Wednesday, the CoA still made a decision to issue the two cricketers a show-cause notice and gave them 24 hours to explain themselves. Hardik is presently in Australia along with the Indian cricket team where they have won a historic Test series against Australia.
Kohli added that the two players "have understood the magnitude of what's happened". Two bits of the episode where Ranveer makes risque jokes about Anushka and Kareena Kapoor are going viral on social media, with many users criticising the Simmba star. He said, "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".