Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can breathe a sigh of relief with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) deciding to lift the interim suspensions imposed on the duo with immediate effect. The two cricketers had been suspended for their inappropriate comments made on the TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’.
#Breaking Suspension on Pandya & Rahul lifted, expected to play soon. @BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided to lift their interim suspension orders with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/Ta5odG0z8p
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) January 24, 2019
The BCCI also confirmed that Pandya will be joining the Indian team for the New Zealand series while Rahul will be joining the India ‘A’ Squad that is currently playing a series of one-day matches against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.
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“Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect,” a release issued by the CoA on Thursday (January 24) read.
Since the suspension, under Rule 46 of new BCCI constitution, was imposed on January 11, Pandya and Rahul have already missed four ODI’s.
“The above matter and decision have been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, PS Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” the release added.
The division within the two-member CoA — chairman Vinod Rai and former India women’s captain Diana Edulji — had dragged the matter to Supreme Court. Edulji, who came to the January 17 hearing with her own lawyer, wanted SC to appoint an Ombudsman instead of Rai’s decision to appoint an ad-hoc Ombudsman as suggested by BCCI’s legal cell.
“I did not wish this issue to turn into an administrative mess. For me, it was paramount that Hardik and Rahul return to action and inquiry can also simultaneously continue. If Ben Stokes could continue playing while the court case was on, why can’t that be applicable for Pandya and Rahul,” Khanna told PTI on Thursday.
Pandya’s return to the mix with the World Cup at the doorstep will come as big relief to the team. In fact, skipper Virat Kohli had elaborated on the reason why Pandya was so crucial ahead of the first ODI at Napier.
Kohli on Hardik’s importance in the team
“If someone like a Vijay Shankar or a Hardik doesn’t play, then three fast bowlers makes sense. Because if an all-rounder can chip in with a few overs of seam up, then you don’t necessarily need a guy bowling 140kmph as the third bowler along with the two fast bowlers,” Kohli had said.
“So, whether it’s me backing three bowlers or during Asia Cup, every time it happened when Hardik wasn’t available. We have had to play three fast bowlers. So, every time, the all-rounder is there, you are not thinking about a third fast bowler unless you are playing in conditions which are totally against spin bowling,” the skipper added.
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