Former Indian National Cricket team skipper Sunil Gavaskar has backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to sent back Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to India after their recent comments on a talk show sparked controversy.

Meanwhile, BCCI have been prompt in taking a decision to set a right example. Pandya and Rahul received a lot of flak for their sexist and misogynistic comments on a talk show named Koffee With Karan hosted by Karan Johar. In regards to that, CoA member Diana Edulji has asked for mere severe punishment for the duo.

However, Sunil Gavaskar has backed the decision of BCCI saying that it is the right way to send a signal. He also added that if someone is bringing disrepute to the game he should come back.

They [the BCCI] have dealt with it [the controversy]. From what I read in the newspapers today, they have sent them back or asked them to come back. That’s a right way to send a signal,” Gavaskar said while talking on Sony Six.

Sunil Gavaskar | Australia vs India 2018 |
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If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken,” he added.

They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise, what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team,” Gavaskar concluded.

Meanwhile, India had a poor start to the ODI series as they lost the opening fixture by 34 runs to take a 1-0 lead at Sydney.