Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) verdict on the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul talk show row is expected today. Both were issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage.
The comments were considered misogynistic and racially insensitive and the cricketers had been given 24 hours to respond. Pandya, in his response, offered “regrets”. Pandya’s comments were considered particularly offensive. When he was asked, ‘why don’t you ask women’s names at nightclubs’, he replied: “I like to watch and observe how they move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”
“We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been give 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, said.
“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,” Pandya said in his response, adding: “I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light,” he said.
Earlier, the CoA sent show-cause notices to the two team India players in the wake of a social media backlash after the airing of the talk show hosted by Bollywood bigwig Karan Johar.
According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.
“It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source said.