Hotstar removes controversial 'Koffee With Karan' episode with Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul

Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has quickly apologised for controversial comments made on a TV chat show

All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh (KL) Rahul could miss India's first ODI game against Australia on Saturday, following controversy about comments the two made on popular Indian TV programme Koffee with Karan. The episode was aired this Sunday on Star World and was available on Star's OTT platform Hotstar.

And now the recent update on that front is that, Hardik Pandya may have to face two match ban wherein he wouldn't be allowed to perform for two of them.

Correspondence on the issue accessed by ESPNcricinfo suggests that while Vinod Rai, one of the members of the Committee of Administrators, is in favour of a two-match ban, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has pushed for a stronger penalty should the players be found guilty - under their contracts - of bringing cricket and Indian cricket into disrepute.

Readers may be aware that after the episode, Hardik Pandya received a lot of flak on social media from fans as well as other netizens for his comments on the show. The episode, which was aired on January 6, saw Hardik make remarks that were sexist, misogynist and racist.

When the host of the show asked him why didn't he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move".

"At a party, my parents asked me, 'Acha tera wala kaun sa hai [Which women are yours]?"

"I am a little from the black side, so I have to see how they move first". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. "The two players concerned have realised what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what has happened", he said. The duo faced major backlash on social media.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke out regarding the matter in the pre-match press conference ahead of India's first ODI against Australia in Sydney.

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

"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support", he said.

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