The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed late on Friday night that Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul have been suspended from playing any form of cricket with immediate effect and will return to India from the ongoing Australia tour over comments made on a popular TV chat show. The Indian cricket board, in a media release, said an inquiry and proceedings will be made against the two cricketers for misconduct and indiscipline. The selection committee will "soon" name the replacements of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for the ODI series against Australia, which starts on Saturday, and as well as the tour to New Zealand.
"The CoA in accordance with the BCCI has decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul from playing any form of cricket after their comments on a TV show," read a BCCI statement."The duo will now return to India and an enquiry and proceedings will be made against them for misconduct and indiscipline that have been initiated under Rule 41 of the BCCI Constitution."
"In terms of Rule 41(6) of the BCCI Constitution, the players are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any manner 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," added the release.