Ban On Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Lifted Pending Appointment Of Regulator

Ban on Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul lifted

BCCI lift suspensions on India's Pandya, Rahul after uproar over comments on women

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday chose to revoke the suspension imposed on Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul for having made unsavoury comments on a TV show recently.

"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".

Despite all the flak that Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have received for their comments on a television talk show, former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that the controversy will spur the duo on to greater success on the cricket field.

The BCCI, however, has been without an ombudsman since 2016, and the CoA last week approached India's Supreme Court asking it to appoint one to investigate the case. The apex court has listed the matter tentatively for 5th of next month. Their fate and sanction, if any, was up to the discretion of the ombudsman after the two-member CoA - Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji - found no middle ground on the next step of action.

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The CoA said the decision to suspend the two players was taken under "Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution", which covers players' conduct that can bring the Board into disrepute. Considering the appointment of this ombudsman is pending, the CoA opined that the suspension of the players could be lifted. "The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the amicus curiae, Mr PS Narasimha".

All-rounder Pandya could now join up with India squad for their limited overs series in New Zealand, while batsman Rahul might play in either domestic cricket or for India A in an ongoing home series against England Lions.

The subject of letting the Hardik and Rahul get on with the game was first broached by the BCCI acting president CK Khanna.

The two players were placed under immediate suspension and sent home from the recent tour of Australia after the show - which saw Pandya coming up with comments widely perceived as sexist - was telecast. Due to all this, the BCCI had suspended both the cricketers and they were not part of India's ODI series against Australia.

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