Suspensions loom for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are likely to be suspended by the BCCI after they came under fire for comments made while appearing on an Indian talk show. The players comments caused the BCCI to issue them with a show-cause notice, to which Pandya responded expressing remorse for his actions.
The comments, which related to women and were described as 'very crass' by BCCI administrator Vinod Rai, have resulted in widespread criticism of the players. BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry expressed a belief that the players should be immediately suspended pending an enquiry, and be allowed to return only once the enquiry is complete and they have served out their ban.
Just how long this will be, however, remains to be seen. A two match ban was initially touted by Rai, however, however Chaudhry appears to be after a longer penalty, making clear concerns that a two match ban would merely be a 'stop-gap', suggesting that perhaps it should be even longer.
The discussion will no doubt cause significant debate, particularly given the difficulties in assigning an appropriate penalty to this sort of offence without it seeming simply like an arbitrary number. Both players are in the squad for the three game ODI series starting in Australia on Saturday, though it seems likely that this will soon change, regardless of how long the penalty ends up being. Hardik Pandya wasn't involved in the preceding Test series, while KL Rahul found himself in and out of the squad after an indfiferent series in which he failed to reach double figures in four out of five innings. Neither are walk-up starts to the international side and may not have the luxury of simply walking back into the team after a suspension - with the players just 25 and 26 years of age, however, time is on their side.