New Delhi, Jan 10: BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai has recommended a two-match ban for international cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul for their alleged “sexist” comments during a talk show hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar after a row erupted over their remarks.
Rai on Thursday made the suggestion for a ban from two-One Day Internationals (ODIs) in an email conversation with the other member of the CoA, Diana Eduljee, after a storm blew up, mainly over Pandya’s remarks – including over his ways with women.
“I have seen the remarks made by these two players on the show in print today. Very crass. No apology can cover it. I had asked Diana to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension,” Rai said in the email.
The CoA had issued a showcause notice to Pandya and Rahul and gave them 24 hours to reply. Pandya responded to the notice on Wednesday but the Committee was not happy with it.
Appearing on Koffee With Karan, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents. Hardik Pandya revealed that he even informed his parents that he lost his virginity by telling them, “Aaj mai kar ke aaya.”
“When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.
The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.
Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.
But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”
After the controversial remarks, Pandya said he got “carried away by the nature” of the show, where he boasted about hooking up with multiple women and how he was open with his parents about his adventures.
“After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way,” Pandya wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” he added.
However, Rahul, the more restrained of the two in the show has not yet reacted to the social media storm.
Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where they recently registered a historic 2-1 Test series win, the first in India’s cricketing history Down Under. Now the team are scheduled to start a three-match ODI series against Australia from Saturday.