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

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara

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. The Ad hoc Ombudsman should possess the qualifications required for an Ombudsman under Rule 40 (1) of the BCCI constitution.

"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views", Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here.

The CoA has taken on board the recommendation of the BCCI's legal team that Pandya and Rahul be suspended pending an inquiry.

Choudhary agreed with Edulji's view in a separate email.

Pandya and Rahul's recent appearance on Indian talk show "Koffee with Karan", during which the former detailed how he bragged to his parents about losing his virginity, has created a storm in their homeland. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made", Kohli said at the press conference in Sydney on Friday.

It may be possible that the Board will issue a fresh show-cause in line with the legal opinion and the CoA chief Vinod Rai had already recommended two-match ban for the players. Acting secretary Choudhary wanted the pair suspended "immediately".

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The other member who was involved in the controversy, KL Rahul, was however spotted practising with the other members of the squad on the eve of the first ODI. 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.

"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.

The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension.

"The provisions of the earlier contracts and the practice in place would have required these contracted players to seek permission to appear on the show". "The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing on Saturday as they are yet to get a final directive".

Kohli said that their comments were not acceptable and were strictly personal, adding that the same message was communicated to the two players.

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