India stars kicked out of Australia over sexism scandal

Australian Associated Press

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been sent home from Australia in disgrace.

The Indian stars have been suspended from all forms of cricket pending an inquiry into what officials described as controversial comments on an India-based television show.

The Committee of Administrators, acting on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Saturday said it had asked both players to respond within seven days “as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline.”

The pair will return to India and miss the remainder of the Australia tour, which continues Saturday with the first of three one-day internationals, and the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand.

Pandya and Rahul. Image: Getty
Pandya and Rahul. Image: Getty

On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said the players’ comments were not acceptable.

“From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support,” Kohli told reporters.

“The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude. It has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right.

“These are purely individual opinions … we definitely, as the Indian cricket team, do not support views like that and that has been communicated.”

Pandya and Rahul on the show. Image: Koffee with Karan
Pandya and Rahul on the show. Image: Koffee with Karan

Kohli’s side sealed their first Test series victory in Australia this week when the fourth match ended in a draw.

“Definitely not going to dampen anything that we’ve achieved,” he said.

“You have to adjust with the situation. We need to go out there and play cricket. All these external factors are not going to derail our motivation or the preparation for the World Cup.”

Pandya and Rahul’s recent appearance on Indian talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’, during which the former detailed how he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, created a storm in their homeland.

Pandya has apologised, saying he “got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments.”

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The show, hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar, encourages guests to open up on personal matters.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted about his success with multiple women.

“You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first,” he said.

with agencies