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Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry; to be sent back from Australia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian cricketers and K L were Friday suspended pending an inquiry into their outrage-evoking comments on women during a TV show, and will be sent back home from

The cricketers, who have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on 'Koffee with Karan', will be sent back on the first available flight.

They were omitted from the line-up for the opening match in but now it seems they won't be in the mix even for the limited-overs tour of New Zealand, beginning January 23.

"Both and have been suspended pending an inquiry," the (CoA) told PTI.

A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins.

"Whether it will be an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman who will conduct an inquiry, is yet to be ascertained," the said.

"The duo are being sent back. If they can book tickets then tomorrow or at least by day after. At this point their chances of making it to the tour is also bleak," said a senior BCCI

The likes of and will now be in contention to be their replacements.

"It won't be surprising if two from Vijay Shankar, Shreyas Iyer, or are flown Down Under," the source said.

The decision to hand them suspensions came after Rai's CoA colleague recommended suspension till further action against the two. This was after the BCCI's legal team refused to declare the duo's comments a violation of the code of conduct.

Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after agreed with her and recommended the same.

"It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) (Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter," read Edulji's response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.

Their remarks on the show were also condemned by Virat Kohli, who called them inappropriate and asserted that the side does not stand by "those individual opinions".

had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents during the interview. Rahul was, however, a shade more restrained in his responses on relationships and women.

It is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 19:45 IST
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