Amid the outrage over cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s controversial remarks on the celebrity talk show, Koffee With Karan, Hotstar has taken down the episode. Pandya’s comments were called sexist, misogynist and drew a lot of flak from all corners. Both the cricketers also miffed BCCI and a show-cause notice was issued against them. They were given 24 hours to explain themselves. After the controversy, Hardik apologised on social media. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020,1st ODI: Hardik Pandya Back For Tourists as Aaron Finch Opts to Bat First in Sydney
He took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and wrote, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.” Also Read - IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma to Jasprit Bumrah, Players Champions Mumbai Indians (MI) Could Retain Ahead of Mega Auction
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Hardik boasted of having hooked up with multiple women. He even stated that his parents were fine with his sexual activities. The cricketer went on to say that he likes to watch and observe how women move. As the episode went on-air, he was criticised for his derogatory remarks.
His father defended him saying that Pandya didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s feelings and the statements were made only to entertain the audience.
However, both the cricketers are in the danger of facing a two-match ban.
COA Chief Vinod Rai stated that he is not convinced with what Pandya’s explanation. He said, “I am not convinced with Hardik’s explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead.”
On a related note, Pandya and Rahul were the first two cricketers to grace the popular chat show. Hardik is currently in Australia with team India where they recently had a historic maiden Test series win.