Mumbai: Its 10 weeks now ever since the controversial Koffee with Karan episode featuring Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul was aired on TV. After Pandya faced the fury for his sexist remarks on women alongside Rahul, the duo was further suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pending an inquiry to the matter.
Supreme Court sets February 5 for Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul hearing
As a result, they were sent back to India and ultimately missed the ODIs against Australia. They were also not picked for the limited-overs tour to New Zealand, where India play five ODIs and three T20Is.
Chief of Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, is considering the idea of appointing an ad-hoc ombudsman when the date of the hearing is confirmed. He is also mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Team India players in the wake of the controversy.
A close source disclosed, “Whatever the views of the ad-hoc ombudsman, they can be later presented to the ombudsman appointed by SC for approval. But at least, the enquiry process can be completed and the players can start thinking about their cricket again,”