Pandya and Rahul were today (Wednesday) issued show-cause notices by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage. The BCCI is now considering to bar players from such appearances in non-cricket shows.
Pandya, whose remarks on Koffee with Karan were criticised as sexist, meanwhile, had apologised for the comments, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism.
“We have sent show-cause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai has said.
The 25-year-old all-rounder and Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show, hosted by film-maker Karan Johar, together.
Facing flak from all quarters, Pandya has taken to Twitter with the post “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way.
“Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”
On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents. When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”
Criticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass.
According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringe worthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers can appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.
“It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source said.
Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where it recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win. 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 last year. He will be seen in action in the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.