All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been cleared to join the Indian team in New Zealand for the ODI and T20 series. On Thursday the ban on him was lifted by the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators who allowed him to continue his match. Batsman KL Rahul, who was also provisionally cleared pending adjudication by an Ombudsman, will join the India ‘A’ squad in Trivandrum which is playing England Lions.
The bans were imposed after the two faced criticism for their comments in the Koffee with Karan TV show. Pandya and Rahul were sent home from the tour of Australia due to their sexist comments on the TV show.
Earlier on Thursday, the CoA issued a statement which read: “The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had by emails dated 11.01.2019, and in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Mr. Hardik Pandya and Mr. K.L. Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution”.
“Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect. The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha and the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” the statement read.
The CoA, after consulting new amicus curiae PS Narsimha, decided to lift the suspension pending an inquiry, for which an ombudsman is to be appointed by the Supreme Court. The apex court has listed the matter tentatively for February 5.