Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Ban on Hardik, Rahul lifted with immediate effect

Ban on Hardik, Rahul lifted with immediate effect

India's cricket board lifted suspensions on Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul on Thursday, imposed after comments about women during a talk show saw the players ordered home from a tour of Australia.

"Following the CoA's decision to lift the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, the Senior selection committee has chose to include Hardik Pandya in the squad for the series against New Zealand".

For their controversial comments on a popular TV show, Pandya and Rahul came under severe backlash from the public.

There were inputs from the office-bearers too but what clinched the issue was the advice of Narasimha, who has taken upon himself the responsibility of convincing the Supreme Court the need and circumstances leading to lifting of the ban.

BCCI has also confirmed that Pandya will join the Indian team for the New Zealand series while Rahul will join the India "A" Squad that is now playing a series of one-day matches against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram. As per latest reports, the decision has been taken in consultation with new BCCI amicus PS Narsimha. However, the inquiry on the matter is still pending as the Supreme Court has set February 5 as the date to appoint the Ombudsman. He had suggested the name of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to carry out a preliminary inquiry but the other CoA member Diana Edulji felt otherwise.

In a statement, the CoA stated, "The CoA had, by emails dated January 11, 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".

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don't align with those views, those were individual opinions", Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney. Given that India play their second ODI against New Zealand on Saturday, the third ODI in Mount Maunganui on Monday, January 28, appears to be the earliest possible opportunity for Pandya to return to action.

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