BCCI: Hardik Pandya to join Indian team for New Zealand series

Both Rahul and Pandya were sent back home from Australia just after their controversial statements on a television talk show "Koffee with Karan".

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According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Hardik Pandya will accompany the team India squad for the series against New Zealand while KL Rahul will be introduced in India A squad that is playing five one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.

As per the release published by the BCCI on Thursday, the judgment was taken keeping the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) agreement to cancel the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul by the Senior selection committee.

The release said that Hardik Pandya will be moved to New Zealand to join the team at the newest and KL Rahul will join India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on removed the suspension of cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with direct effect.

In a statement, the CoA said that the arbitration of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer is expected to be undertaken by the BCCI ombudsman however as the appointment of an expert is pending, they agreed to “presently lift” the termination of Pandya and Rahul.

The statement read, “Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect,”

The board took the decision with the unanimity of amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha who was assigned to assist BCCI in the situation following the withdrawal of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium from the stand.

Rahul and Pandya were passed over an indefinite ban from cricket following their misogynistic remarks at Karan Johar Talk show ‘Koffee with Karan.’

Pandya, who shared the couch with Rahul on the show, faced backlash for what netizens termed ‘sexist’ and ‘blasphemous’ remarks on women. On the show, he boasted about not asking the names of women at parties and how he looked them move on the dance floor.

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The all-rounder took to social media and apologized for the incident stating he “may have got a bit carried away with the nature of the show”.