The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have decided to lift the suspension on Indian National Cricket team players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Meanwhile, the apex body imposed a ban on the duo following their controversial remarks on a talk show.
“The Committee of Administrators (“CoA”) had, by emails dated 11.01.2019, and in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Mr. Hardik Pandya and Mr. K.L. Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution,” the CoA said in a release.
Meanwhile, there has been a social media uproar since the episode from Koffee With Karan hosted by Karan Johar went air. After the controversy it garnered, digital broadcasting platform Hotstar decided to bring it down from their website.
The news will certainly come as a relief for both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, whose participation in the ICC World Cup was at stakes. While Rahul is not certain in the playing XI, Pandya is an important component in the setup. His ability to contribute in all the departments sets him apart and make him pivotal in the team. BCCI, however, has not made any announcement about their participation in the ongoing series against New Zealand.
Indian cricketers to undergo a behaviour counselling session
However, BCCI appointed CoA is pondering over a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team Cricket team in the wake of the controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.
“The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official said to PTI.