Rahul and Pandya ruled out of Sydney ODI

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

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 suspension will however cease, if the said adjudication is not completed within six months", the legal cell's reply to the CoA read.

"It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of [BCCI] CEO [Rahul Johri] when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter", read Edulji's response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.

Pandya has since reportedly also apologised to head coach Ravi Shastri, and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"Yesterday, and some time before that as well, we have all been waiting for a decision by the board".

Kohli added that the two players "have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

While Rahul was expected to sit out of the playing XI for the first ODI, Pandya was a sure-starter in the role of an all-rounder.

Rahul and Pandya ruled out of Sydney ODI: The Indian opening batsman and all-rounder has been ruled out of the first ODI.

He also related a story about a party he attended where he pointed to multiple women and then told his parents, "I have something going on with each of them". "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move", Pandya said in response to host Karan Johar's question about why he doesn't ask women their names at bars.

Vinod Rai was the first one to recommend a two-match ban for Rahul and Pandya. "The Ombudsman shall be retired Judge of the Supreme Court or a retired Chief Justice of the High Court so appointed by the BCCI after obtaining his/her consent and on terms as determined by the BCCI in keeping with the dignity and stature of the office".

If they are suspended pending inquiry, the legal team has recommended the appointment of an ad hoc Ombudsman, which could well mean more trouble for the duo.

Barely hours after Pandya's apology, BCCI handed the pair a show cause notice giving them 24 hours to explain their demeanour on the talk-show.

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