Pandya and Rahul's recent appearance on an Indian talk show, during which the former had detailed how he had bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, has created a storm in their homeland.
"We definitely, as the Indian cricket team, don't support views like that".
The duo have been suspended for an undisclosed length of time, with the pair set to miss the one-day global series in Australia starting on Saturday and the following limited-overs tour of New Zealand.More news: Incoming snow prompts Winter Storm Watch in central in this weekend
"I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way", Pandya posted on social media. "So it's good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role if a scenario like that occurs", Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia. With their absence being a blessing in disguise, the captain Virat Kohli will be still scratching his head over the team combination. In no way did I mean any disrespect or to hurt anyone's sentiments.
Kohli's side sealed their first Test series victory in Australia this week when the fourth match ended in a draw. After considering their reply, it was decided that the BCCI would proceed against both for misconduct and indiscipline.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's comments on a popular TV show had already landed them into much trouble with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai recommending a two-ODI ban on both the players.More news: Google Assistant can now translate conversations, book hotel rooms and more
The Indian cricket team has been preparing for the upcoming ODI series against Australia and Indian skipper Virat Kohli cleared his intentions.
"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the Indian cricket team point of view this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right". KL Rahul wasn't expected to feature in the playing 11 due to his own woeful form coupled with the well-settled pairing of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. We need to brush up there and improve. And all these external factors are not going to derail our motivation or the preparation for the World Cup.
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"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said.