Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul threatens to miss Australia, New Zealand series
NEW DELHI: The Indian team might have to look for replacements for
Pandya and KL Rahul for three-match ODI series in Australia
starting Saturday. With the Indian cricket board (BCCI) set to impose suspension
pending inquiry on the duo for their remarks on TV show which were
deemed as ‘crass’ and ‘misogynistic’, BCCI treasurer Anirudh
Chaudhry has suggested that the selectors should name replacements
immediately if needed. The duo is also in danger of missing the
following ODI series in New Zealand.
BCCI’s legal team had observed that the show cause notice sent to the players by CEO Rahul Johri was not legally viable. The CEO has been asked to send a fresh notice to the players under Rule 41 of the BCCI constitution. Rule 41 suggests that the board’s apex council should refer any incident of misconduct to the CEO within 48 hours. The CEO subsequently will make a preliminary inquiry and ask for explanations from the concerned player before submitting a report in 15 days. The same rule states that pending inquiry and proceedings into charges by an ombudsman (ad-hoc in this case), the concerned player may be suspended.
Given the length of the legal procedure, it’s difficult to see Hardik and Rahul being cleared of this scandal by the time series ends on January 18. India are due to play five ODIs in New Zealand from January 23.
Chaudhry suggested that the players should be given at least a week to show cause as to "why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution." Although the Rule 41 (6) says that the suspension would cease if the said adjudication was not completed within 6 months, Chaudhry has urged the CoA and other BCCI functionaries to strive to ensure that the process gets completed within a month or so at most.