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BCCI Wanting To Clear Hardik-Rahul Chat Show Controversy Before The 2019 WC

“The general sentiment is that the matter should be put to an end.”

Recently the BCCI ombudsman, DK Jain, issued notices to Indian star cricketers, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, asking them to appear for deposition in respect to the Koffee with Karan chat show controversy. Both Hardik and Rahul are currently playing for their respective franchises, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Pandya and Rahul have witnessed one of their worst times off the cricketing field in the past few months. After the duo made an appearance in the Koffee with Karan chat show, they faced a lot of flak for making some absurd comments during the episode. The BCCI also suspended the two players, after which they missed the 3 ODIs in Australia and the first two ODIs against the Kiwis. However, BCCI recently uplifted the suspension on the two cricketers till any further investigation and also asked Pandya to join the rest of the Indian team in New Zealand.

Everyone feels that this issue needs to come to an end

Recently, a senior BCCI executive revealed that the board feels that the controversial issue needs to come to an end. The executive reckoned that the players did make a mistake and there is nothing to hide. “Everyone in the board feels that this issue needs to come to an end. The players committed a mistake and there is no two-way about it. But the players were sent home from the tour of Australia, they did apologise for their mistake and are also set to depose before the ombudsman,” a BCCI executive was quoted as saying.

The executive also furthered that with the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, the general sentiment is that the controversy should come to an end as soon as possible. “With the World Cup round the corner, the general sentiment is that the matter should be put to an end,” he furthered.

Punishment cannot be bigger than the crime

Another BCCI official also mentioned that the duo has already suffered the match loss and thus, now the punishment cannot be bigger than the crime. The BCCI functionary noted that the ombudsman will submit the final report on the issue within a week.

 “There is no timeline as such, but everybody understands that substantial match loss has already happened and the punishment cannot be bigger than the crime. The ombudsman will in all likelihood submit his report within a week of meeting the players and getting their side of the story,” the BCCI functionary said.