Diana Edulji recommends `suspension pending inquiry` against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

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Mumbai: The controversy-filled episode of Koffee with Karan involving India cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has been taken down by video-streaming website Hotstar. Following a backlash, the episode has now being removed from Hotstar, the online platform on which the show is streamed, and Pandya has apologised. The two are outseated from the first match. The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day worldwide (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters.

The comments made by Rahul and Pandya were unanimously deemed to be "sexist" and "misogynistic".

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The legal firm made it clear that the cringe-worthy comments made by Pandya do not fall under the Code of Conduct ambit.

Less than 24 hours before India takes on Australia in the first of three one day internationals at the SCG, the tourists' final XI remains unknown after two players were accused of making inappropriate comments about women on a TV chat show. I had asked Diana [Edulji] to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. He added, "Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show".

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When the host of the show asked him why didn't he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I think we need to give both of them a two-match suspension", Rai told IANS over email. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

According to the latest reports, it is said that two cricketers could face an indefinite ban for their comments. The Indian cricket team captain on Friday denounced the statements made by the duo on the show and said the team management is still waiting for a decision on the duo. "We, as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, do not support such views", Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

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