Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, two Indian cricketers who have been under fire ever since they appeared on talk show Koffee With Karan, have got into serious trouble as a show cause notice has been issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the comments made by them on the show.
The move comes hours after Hardik took to Twitter to issue a statement, where he apologised after being slammed for his sexist comments on the show. Pandya’s views on certain subjects triggered a huge outrage on social media with fans across the country, with fans criticising the Baroda all-rounder for his much-talked-about remarks on women.
“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,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told news agency. Rai’s statement came in wake of several cricket fans expressing their anger on social media – asking how could the Indian board even allow the cricketers to appear on the show.
Earlier in the day, Pandya issued an apology to his fans as he tweeted, “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 hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, Pandya spoke about the latter’s relationship with several women and how his family maintains a cool attitude about the same. “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,” the 25-year-old all-rounder had said in the show.
As reported by news agency, the BCCI is now also contemplating barring cricketers from appearing on any non-cricket shows. “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 told news agency.
After making a comeback in the Indian Test team, Pandya did not play any Test match against Australia. He is expected to be included in the India squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia beginning from January 12.