Last few days have been very distressing for Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L Rahul. But finally, after getting so much criticized for their controversial statements, they are back in the team as the ban on them was lifted on Thursday.
It all began when Indian Director and Producer Karan Johar invited Hardik and Rahul on his talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’, where the boys (especially Hardik) made few misogynistic comments on women. Considering the format and genre of the show, Karan Johar asked few of the questions about their relationships, crushes, favorite actor, actresses etc. to which Hardik responded in a ‘not so cool’ manner stating that “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main
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The show aired on 6th January and within no time Hardik Pandya started receiving a lot of criticism on Social Media and other platforms for putting on such misogynistic comments on women. Former Indian Cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Harbhajan Singh also slammed Pandya for making such irresponsible statements on National Television.
Hardik Pandya later apologized for his comments and tweeted “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologize 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.”
The apology was not very well received by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the board asked for the explanation of each statement they made, an official confirmed. Later BCCI suspended both the players from the Australia tour and asked them to return home.
Karan Johar in a recent interview with India Today said “I messaged them apologizing and the two of them were gracious to me and they were like ‘this is not your fault’. I never thought they messed up. The episode was as per the frivolous nature of the show. I thought they were conforming to the prerequisites of the show. I didn’t think they’d get in trouble. I am feeling guilty, it was my platform, my show and they came as guests”.
He further added “People said you could have edited it, I didn’t realize it. There are so many women of the show, nobody
Last week, the CoA had told the Supreme Court that an ombudsman be appointed to decide the quantum of punishment for Rahul and Pandya. Since the process was getting delayed, the CoA in consultation with Amicus Curiae PS Narasimha decided to lift the provision suspension.
The comeback of both the cricketers was announced this Thursday by the Indian Cricket Board stating that Pandya will join the national team for the limited overs series in New Zealand. While KL Rahul won’t get to fly to New Zealand, he will now be part of the India A Squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.