Pandya and Rahul, who attracted widespread criticism for their misogynistic comments on TV Show "Koffee with Karan", will be back in India from Australia by Saturday or early Sunday after being suspended pending inquiry.
During the episode, Pandya is asked by KJo why he doesn't remember the names of the women he meets at nightclubs, in response to which he says: "I like to watch and observe how they move". They will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia.
He also told a story about an incident where he was out with his parents at a party and told them about a woman he had previously had a "scene" with. This one. This one. One of the many controversial things said by the all-rounder was, "Aaj mai kar ke aya" - referring to the time he lost his virginity.
In a mail written to Pandya and Rahul, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) confirmed that both cricketers will be out of action until final adjudication in the matter. "I'm a little from the black side so I need to see how they move".
Pandya posted an apology to his social media accounts claiming he had "reflected" on his comments.
The comments triggered social media outrage, and prompted Pandya to release a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying he got "carried away by the nature of the show".
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"Certain remarks / comments made by the guests on the episode 12 of Koffee with Karan [season 6] may hurt the sentiments of our users / viewers", the Star India-owned Hotstar said in a tweet, replying to a user query about the now-missing episode.
"These are purely individual opinions - we definitely, as the Indian cricket team, do not support views like that and that has been communicated".
Supriyo also said there should be a "thick" line between "reprimanding" the players and "destroying" them.
In the given scenario, India will be compelled to take the field without Pandya and Rahul in the series opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Rai, on his part, wants the inquiry to be finished by second ODI of the ongoing three-match series against Australia as a delay in completing the procedure would only affect the team strength.