Diana Edulji Recommends "Suspension Till Further Action" For Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

GETTY IMAGESIndian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

The episode, which was aired on January 6, saw Hardik make remarks that were sexist, misogynist and racist. The two players were given 24 hours to explain themselves.

Later, when Johan asked him why he doesn't ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, Pandya replied: "I like to watch and observe how they move".

Facing major backlash on social media, Pandya quickly took to his Twitter account and sent out an apology where he said that he got "a bit carried away" and that he did not "mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments". 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.

"In any case the procedure set by the BCCI constitution will have primacy over procedure set out under Code of Conduct", it said. BCCI said that Hardik has not been respectful and mindful to his responsibilities as an global cricketer and had made extremely problematic statements on important issues like being respectful towards women.

However, the two cricketers might face disciplinary action for their comments on the show. The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day worldwide (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters. "Very crass. No apology can cover it. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move".

India will play three one-dayers against Australia after winning their first ever Test series in the country 2-1.

Their conduct also earned them a rap from skipper Virat Kohli.

"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support", he said. "The two players concerned have realised what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what has happened", he said.

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