Taking a cue from the sexual harassment case involving BCCI CEO Rahul Johri during previous year, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji has called for both players to be placed under suspension.
"We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".
"Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan [season 6] may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers", the Star India-owned Hotstar said in a tweet, replying to a user query about the now-missing episode.
"Considering that the inquiry process against the concerned players has commenced and is pending, it is open for the COA to suspend the concerned players (along with their privileges and benefits) pending enquiry and proceeding into the charges of misconduct until final adjudication", the legal team said in its email to the CoA, the office bearers and the BCCI's professional management. The duo had appeared on an episode of the show which aired on January 6, and have drawn public ire after Hardik made sexist, misogynistic and racist comments on the show. "The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward".
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He however insisted that the controversy won't affect the team's dressing room morale. In response to a question on why he doesn't ask for the names of women at nightclubs since he has trouble remembering them, he had said, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move".
At Edulji's behest, the BCCI's legal team gave its inputs as to the way forward, and whether and how the players could be charged under the board's new constitution, which came into effect in August 2018. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation". BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI match ban for the players earlier and referred the matter to BCCI's legal cell.
After facing enormous backlash on social media, Hardik Pandya had taken to his social media account to apologise and had blamed the "nature of the show' for his remarks on women".
BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry called for a stronger punishment than the two-match ban proposed by Rai.
The duo have been omitted from the line-up for the opening ODI in Sydney, Australia.