Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya (L) and KL Rahul won’t take part in Australia ODIs (AFP Photo)

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Friday suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul pending enquiry into controversial remarks the duo made while appearing together in an Indian TV show.

Their comments on women drew severe backlash after the show went on air with CoA member Diana Edulji suggesting a two-match ban on the duo. However, the BCCI’s legal arm had said their comments weren’t a violation of the code of conduct.

The decision means Pandya and Rahul won’t be part of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia that starts from Saturday. They will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.

In two separate emails addressed to Pandya and Rahul, copies of which are with CricketCountry, the two-member CoA has barred them from participating in any match or event that is authorised, organised, sanctioned, recognised or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association till the time a final decision has been made.

Below is the transcript of the email addressed to Pandya

Dear Mr. Pandya,

You are aware that enquiry and proceedings against you for misconduct and indiscipline have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution and the same are presently pending.

In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter.

Yours faithfully,
The Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators

Rahul has also been informed of his suspension in a separate email.

Dear Mr. Rahul,

You are aware that enquiry and proceedings against you for misconduct and indiscipline have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution and the same are presently pending.

In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter.

Yours faithfully,

The Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators