Despite apology, Hardik Pandya may not be out of trouble

Hardik Pandya Apologises After Being Slammed For Controversial Comment On Koffee With Karan

After the netizens criticized the cricketer for his misogynistic statements on women and making a mockery out of it, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on January 9 issued a show cause notice to both the cricketers. Rahul, who was more restrained of the 2 during the show, has not yet reacted to the backlash the 2 are facing on social media.

Calling the statements "crass" and 'unacceptable, Rai stated the final decision will be made only after CoA member Diana Edulji gives a go-ahead.

Sunil Gavaskar insisted it's up to the officials to deal with the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul issue and pointed out that the controversy surrounding Rahul and Hardik is vastly different from the ball-tampering issue that led to bans slapped on former Australia captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner. In the pre-match media interaction, India captain Virat Kohli condemned the comments made by Pandya and Rahul, calling them "inappropriate". Pandya posted, "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.

According to a latest report in Hindustan Times, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has said that the apology from Pandya is insincere and he has requested for the entire team to go through a sensitization process.

Although Hardik Pandya has apologised, he may still not be out of troubled waters.

However, Rai told PTI that he was not convinced with Pandya's explanation.

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Hardik Pandya responded to CoA's show cause notice. I had asked Diana (Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip.

Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired Sunday.

Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents during the interview.

The line of questioning to the two cricketers also seemed excessively focused on women - the ones they have dated, those they wish to date and which of them was the more attractive one. "Doesn't appear honest. I am inclined to suggest a penalty", Rai wrote stating that the seriousness of the comments of Rahul and Pandya are different and the quantum of punishment could be different.

His statements were deemed as "crass and cringeworthy" prompting the BCCI to think about barring cricketers from appearing on "such non-cricket shows", a source said.

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