Virat Kohli slams teammate at centre of sexism storm

Virat Kohli slams teammate at centre of sexism storm

Kohli insisted the team would adapt if Pandya and Rahul were not available to play. The team also recommended that an ad-hoc Ombudsman, meeting the criteria set by the BCCI constitution, be appointed to adjudicate on the matter within the maximum prescribed period of 6 months from the date the player is charged.

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". The repercussion of the remarks, especially those made by all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been far-reaching with even the country's cricket board mulling a two-match ban on the duo.

"From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don't support and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened".

Holding back on the team announcement, Kohli pointed that since a decision regarding the two cricketers is awaited, India will have to re-think the team combination heading into the first ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

Appearing on the show, Pandya was asked about how he approached women in nightclubs, to which he replied: "You are just watching and observing how they move".

The BCCI slapped a show cause notice to Pandya and Rahul, to which the former offered "regrets" for his comments on women.

At Edulji's behest, the BCCI's legal team gave its inputs as to the way forward, and whether and how the players could be charged under the board's new constitution, which came into effect in August 2018.

Pandya said he "got a bit carried away" as he explained his bragging about his prowess with women on the show that aired on Sunday.

"After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way", Pandya posted on Twitter.

"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful", he wrote in his response, which is in PTI's possession. "I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move".

"To say the least #HardikPandya is horrendous a misogynist", added another user who called for Indian cricket authorities to take action against the "obnoxious" comments.