Hardik Pandya to join team in NZ, KL Rahul part of India A squad

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Mumbai, January 25, 2019

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday asked Hardik Pandya to join the Indian team in New Zealand and said K L Rahul would be part of the India A squad for the last three one-day games against England Lions, hours after it lifted the suspension orders imposed on them.
The suspension orders were issued by the Board's Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on January 11 on the two young cricketers for their sexist comments on a television show, Koffee with Karan, hosted by well-known filmmaker Karan Johar.
"Following the CoA’s decision to lift the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, the Senior selection committee has decided to include Hardik Pandya in the squad for the series against New Zealand. KL Rahul will meanwhile join the India A squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram," a press release from BCCI said.
"Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions," the release added.
The CoA had, by emails dated 11.01.2019, and in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Pandya and Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution.
"Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect," a statement from the CoA earlier on Thursday had said.
"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," the statement added.
The telecast of the episode featuring the two cricketers had taken place during the Indian team's tour of Australia and the players' remarks had attracted a lot of criticism. They were suspended by the BCCI from playing any form of cricket and asked to return to India to face an enquiry and proceedings.

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