Hotstar pulls down Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's Koffee With Karan episode

Jo Caldwell
January 12, 2019

The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got "carried away by the nature of the show".

It's still the early phase of his cricketing career, but Hardik Pandya has found himself in the middle of a deep puddle following the controversial remarks that he made about women on the famous talk-show, Koffee With Karan.

The BCCI and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators have directed Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to immediately return to India without taking part in the ODI series, starting Saturday. Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions.

Appearing on the show, Pandya was asked about how he approached women in nightclubs, to which he replied: "You are just watching and observing how they move".

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Pandya also boasted about not knowing women's names at parties and telling his parents the day he lost his virginity.

"You are just watching and observing how (women) move, as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they move first", he said.

Indian cricket chiefs on Wednesday said the two players had been given 24 hours to explain themselves, with Pandya already posting an apology on social media.

Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle had urged the BCCI to sensitise young cricketers about 'life beyond the dressing room.' Bhogle's tweet had read, "It is all very well to issue show-cause notices now to KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya".

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"The two players concerned have realised what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what has happened", he added. He had said, "Aaj mai kar ke aaya (Today, I've done that)".

"Based on the legal opinion and till the time the final procedure is laid down to address this issue, will recommend that a communication be sent to the concerned players and the team immediately", Edulji said in response to the legal team's email on Friday morning, which has been accessed by ESPNcricinfo.

The severe aftermath of the same is that the duo has been ruled out from India's first ODI against Australia at Sydney to be played tomorrow. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

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