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Sexist comment row: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended till probe ends

11 January 2019

Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced himself from what he believes were "inappropriate" comments made by teammates Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul who could reportedly be banned for up to two matches after their sexist remarks on Indian television.

Both players were ordered to explain themselves by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and face suspension with the furore overshadowing the team's upcoming one-day series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday.

"We, as the Indian cricket, team do not support views like that and that has been communicated".

"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 said.

According to a report in Quint, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli said, "I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

Kohli acknowledged the outcome of the process may require the team to rethink their plans, but was confident that with Ravindra Jadeja in the squad, they had the options to cover for Pandya even though Jadeja is a spin-bowling allrounder. This changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room.

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Appearing on the show, Pandya was asked about how he approached women in nightclubs, to which he replied: "You are just watching and observing how they move".

The programme, Koffee with Karan, is hosted by Bollywood producer and director Karan Johar who encourages guests to open up on personal matters. Pandya had later issued an apology, saying he got carried with the nature of the show.

Pandya also said he had bragged to his parents after losing his virginity.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession.

Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world, who dismantled Australia in the recent Test series, has been rested from the three one-dayers. "Exhausted of this boys will be boys attitude", Ekta Chauhan, a Twitter user, wrote.

Sexist comment row: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended till probe ends