"However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead", Rai told PTI.The CoA had sent a showcause notice on Wednesday (December 9) to both Pandya and Rahul seeking explanation for their comments on the TV show hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.
The notice came only hours after Pandya issued a swift apology on Twitter after his comments caused a stir online.
Pandya and Rahul also caused a social media stir for comments on the same show when they said current India skipper Virat Kohli was a better batsman than the country's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar. "They have given 24 hours to give an explanation", CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying.
All due to the misogynistic and sexist as well as racist comments left behind by Hardik Pandya on the show, getting carried away with being candid so much so, that he didn't remember that he'd crossed the limits long back into the talk-show!
"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", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism.
Having mentioned that he felt West Indian in spirit earlier on the programme, Pandya answered a question about he approached women in night clubs in this way: "I like to watch and observe how they move". Pandya was even trolled by Twitteratis for his insensitive comments as soon as the show got aired. India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia.
But Pandya interrupted and said, "Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai". He had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from a back injury, which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE a year ago. He will be seen in action in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.