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Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to sit out Sydney ODI

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India captain Virat Kohli has spoken on the furore surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, explaining that the controversial comments made by the two cricketers on an India cricket show do not reflect the views of the Indian cricket team and that they nothing more than strictly personal opinions.

"In terms of Rule 41 (6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any matter whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter".

He added, "The players must be immediately suspended pending a proper inquiry and must be allowed to join the team (if selected) only once they have gone through a proper sensitisation in addition to serving a ban, if imposed upon them".

He further added, "From the Indian cricket team's point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create". Hardik Pandya took to Twitter and issued an apology.

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

The remarks from all-rounder Pandya, 25, and batsman Rahul, 26, were made on an Indian television show.

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Both Pandya and Rahul have been part of India's practice sessions in Sydney leading up to Saturday's 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.

"Definitely not going to dampen anything that we've achieved", he said.

Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions.

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.

The BCCI, pending fresh elections, does not have either an Apex Council or an Ombudsman. This was after the BCCI's legal team refused to declare the duo's comments a violation of the code of conduct.

Though Hardik apologized for his comments, he could be facing a suspension along with Rahul, who accompanied to the show. "The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

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