Virat Kohli: We don't support 'inappropriate' team-mate comments

The full ODI squad hit the nets together for the first time since November last year

"If they can book tickets then tomorrow they will be leaving (for India) or latest by day after", a senior BCCI official told PTI.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is under mounting pressure to take swift action, having issued both players with show-cause notices. The team also recommended that an ad-hoc Ombudsman, meeting the criteria set by the BCCI constitution, be appointed to adjudicate on the matter within the maximum prescribed period of 6 months from the date the player is charged.

In such a scenario, both Pandya and Rahul's participation in the first two ODIs against Australia is still not clear, which might disturb the playing combination for at least the opening match.

"You are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner whatsoever in any match or activity authorized or supported by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter", read the letter.

The decision to hand them suspensions came after Rai's CoA colleague Diana Edulji recommended suspension till further action against the two.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced himself from what he believes were "inappropriate" comments made by teammates Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul who could reportedly be banned for up to two matches after their sexist remarks on Indian television.

"We definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".

The Indian captain was speaking ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia, to be held in Sydney on Saturday. "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation", Kohli added. There is a school of thought that they be kept with the team as the backlash back home could be severe but majority in BCCI brass is against the decision.

The cricketers boasted about hooking up with multiple women and Pandya's comments were misogynistic to the next level.

Appearing on the show, Pandya was asked about how he approached women in nightclubs, to which he replied: "You are just watching and observing how they move". Pandya had later issued an apology, saying he got carried with the nature of the show.

Hardik Pandya's comments have landed him in hot water.

"I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way", Pandya posted on social media. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.



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