The Committee of Administrators has provisionally lifted the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with immediate effect said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a media release on Thursday. The bans were imposed after the two faced criticism for their comments in the Koffee with Karan TV show.
BCCI issued a statement saying, “The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr P.S, Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.”
Although CoA has lifted the suspensions on Pandya and Rahul, the inquiry into the matter will continue once the Supreme Court appoints an Ombudsman.
“The Committee of Administrators (“CoA”) had, by emails dated 11.01.2019, and in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Mr. Hardik Pandya and Mr. K.L. Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution,” the CoA said in a release.
Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were serving their suspensions after CoA has slapped international bans on them because of their inappropriate comments on the TV show Koffee with Karan, are now available for selection to the national team again.