The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), in accordance with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed their final verdict on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul over their controversial remarks on the recently-aired episode of popular talk show, ‘Koffee With Karan’.
The two have been suspended from all forms of cricket pending an inquiry into their comments. However, while the initial statement from the BCCI revealed that the two cricketers will miss out only the Australia ODI series, the latest statement adds that Hardik and Rahul will remain at home even for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Upon their arrival in India, Pandya and Rahul will have seven days to explain why proceedings shouldn’t be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution.
Under the rule 41, the players have been barred from participating in any match, event, function or activity that is authorised by the board, the ICC or any state association until final adjudication of the issue.
“The duo is now called upon to provide an explanation as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution within a period of 7 (seven) days,” the BCCI said in a recent statement.
Earlier on Friday, it was revealed that Pandya and Rahul will miss the action in the three-match ODI series against Australia. But the latest addition to BCCI’s words reveals that the pair will be out of the tour of New Zealand as well which comprises a five-match ODI series against the Blackcaps and a three-match T20I contest.
However, neither statements mentioned how long the suspension will be, but with the pair missing out 13 ODI matches in India’s build-up to the ICC World Cup preparations, it might hurt their chances of being selected for the mega tournament.