Breaking his silence on the "sexist comments" made by Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul on a TV chat show, India team captain Virat Kohli on Friday denounced the statements and said the team management is still waiting for a decision on the duo.
While the controversy is dealt with by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is overseeing the BCCI, it creates a headache for Kohli ahead of the first ODI on Saturday, especially the uncertainty around Pandya's availability given how key he is to balancing the India line-up as the seam-bowling allounder in the middle order.
Rahul and Pandya appeared on a talk show on Sunday where some of the things they said were met with widespread criticism and social media backlash over perceived misogyny, racism and sexism, following which the BCCI issued showcause notices to both.
"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".
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"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room".
Though Hardik apologized for his comments, he could be facing a suspension along with Rahul, who accompanied to the show. Indian captain Kohli is very calm about the situation and thinks that the team has a proper replacement for the all-rounder Hardik. You don't have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds.
The CoA chief Vinod Rai then recommended the two-match ban in consultation with the other member Diana Edulji, but a final decision is set to be taken after the latter's formal go-ahead.
"A couple of spots which might need rectification will be looked at but apart from that the idea is to make that combination and that team play together for the whole period left before the World Cup", Kohli said. "It will be a sad day if he doesn't come back to Australia after this tour, he's a brilliant entertainer and someone that people pay money to come through the gates to watch". I never thought I'd get the opportunity to play one-day cricket for Australia again. Full squad has now hit the nets for the first time after the home series with West Indies.