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Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to sit out Sydney ODI

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to sit out Sydney ODI

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.

Pandya, who was in the squad that beat Australia for the first time in an away Test series, boasted on the TV celebrity show about his success with multiple women.

Kohli insisted the team would adapt if Pandya and Rahul were not available to play.

The BCCI have asked Pandya and KL Rahul - who was also part of the show - to explain their comments, with Pandya apologising on social media soon after.

However, after considering their reply, the BCCI made a decision to charge both players for misconduct and indiscipline.

"In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments".

The pair will miss the entire three-match ODI series in Australia, which started on Saturday at the SCG, followed by the tour of New Zealand.

"Taking into account the relevant rules of the BCCI and considering that the inquiry process against the concerned players has commenced and is pending, it is open for the COA to suspend the concerned players (along with their privileges and benefits) pending enquiry and proceeding into the charges of misconduct until final adjudication".




"These are purely individual opinions ... we definitely, as the Indian cricket team, do not support views like that and that has been communicated".

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what's happened". Virat Kohli on Friday said the Indian team doesn't align with the "inappropriate" views of the batsmen. Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand that things have not gone right'.

With a point to prove after being excluded from Australia's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, Peter Handscomb came out and top scored with 73 off 61 balls.

During the series, opener KL Rahul was ineffective with the bat, averaging just 11.40 with a high score of just 44 from five innings.

Similar middle-order issues plagued the visitors when they last toured here for an ODI contest, losing 4-1 in January 2016 when Dhoni was still captain.

"You have to adjust with the situation".

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

After not getting a single game in Test series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will make a comeback, and thereafter it depends if captain Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya's loss.