Sunil Gavaskar lauded the BCCI for suspending Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (BCCI Photo) HIGHLIGHTS Sunil Gavaskar said BCCI's decision to send Pandya and Rahul home sends the right signal The duo will miss the ongoing ODI series in Australia and may also miss the New Zealand series, starting January 23 Hardik and Rahul have been facing severe criticism for their inappropriate comments on Koffee With Karan Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar had lauded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for suspending Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and asking them to return home from Australia where Team India are playing a three-match ODI series.
Gavaskar insisted that suspended players shouldn't be rubbing shoulders with their teammates in the dressing room. The batting great's comments come after media reports claimed that the India team management was mulling to keep Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with the team despite the BCCI suspending them until a pending inquiry on Friday.
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were suspended over "inappropriate" comments they had made during their appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.
"They [the BCCI] have dealt with it [the controversy]. From what I read in the newspapers today, they have sent them back or asked them to come back. That's a right way to send a signal," Gavaskar told Sony Six on Saturday.
"If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can't be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.
"They have been asked to come back and I believe it's the correct step because you can't have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise what's the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team."
Rahul and Pandya are not going to be part of the ongoing three-match ODI series and a BCCI source had also reportedly hinted that the duo may also miss the upcoming limited-over series in New Zealand, starting January 23.
Rahul and Pandya have been facing severe criticism for their borderline racist and sexist comments. From references to getting distracted by cheerleaders to claiming they had slept with women in their teammates dressing rooms, both the cricketers were seemingly carried away by the nature of the show, which is known for getting celebrities to open up on their personal lives.
Pandya had also boasted about his dates and hoookups with multiple women and even shed light on how his parents were "cool" with him seemingly objectifying the opposite gender.
Speaking to India Today on Friday, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh came down on Pandya and Rahul, saying the two tried to act "cool" on the television show but ended up making fools out of themselves.
"It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That's the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don't tell these kinds of things on national television. We don't even discuss these things with our friends," Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.
"They have openly said.. 'I have done this, I have done that'. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.
"He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.
"This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can't go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You're making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen."
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