Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2019
Sports | By IANS

Cricketers Hardik, Rahul suspended pending probe

New Delhi: The participation of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh Rahul in the three-ODI series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday, has been thrown into jeopardy as the duo have been suspended for their controversial comments in a television talk show.

Rahul isn’t in the first choice playing XI while Pandya is also out of at least the first ODI

The decision comes after Diana Edulji, the woman member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), advocated suspension of the duo until the quantum of sentence is announced.

CoA chairman Vinod Rai had earlier recommended a two-ODI ban for the duo but Diana decided to seek legal opinion before taking any action.

“Based on 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,” Diana wrote in an email, accessed by IANS.

“It will be imperative that the players be put under suspension till a further course of action is decided for this misconduct,” the mail added.

In this regard, a five-member Apex Council comprising the elected office bearers — President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer — has been formed to conduct the probe.

Under such a scenario, India will be compelled to take the field without Pandya and Rahul in the series opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

According to a BCCI source, Rahul isn’t in the first choice playing XI while Pandya is also out of at least the first ODI even as the team management is still awaiting a final call.


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