India cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the BCCI Committee of Administrators on Thursday removed their interim suspension orders with immediate effect.
The decision was taken after discussions with Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. The suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 will be immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.
The statement released by the BCCI said – “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.”
Hardik and KL Rahul came under fire for certain comments they made during the show ‘Koffee with Karan’, which were seen by some as disrespectful to women.
They were suspended for an indefinite period for their comments. The duo was asked for an explanation about their alleged misconduct and indiscipline to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Speaking to Hindustan Times, a senior BCCI functionary rued the delay in decision making and said that if the decision had been made even a couple of days earlier, Rahul could have played in Karnataka’s Ranji Trophy knockout game that started on Thursday.
“If they had dealt with this matter in a pragmatic manner, the Ombudsman would have been decided by now and the proceedings may have been over. I only wish they had decided this yesterday. KL could have turned out for Karnataka in the Ranji knockouts,” he said.