The BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has sent notices to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul to depose before him for a pending inquiry. Such developments show that the committee wants an end to the matter before the World Cup.
A BCCI executive said, “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 apologies for their mistake and are also set to depose before the ombudsman”.
“With the World Cup round the corner, the general sentiment is that the matter should be put to an end,” the executive said.
Another BCCI functionary said, “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”.
Pandya had written in his apology, “I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realizing that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful. I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive.”
Rahul too expressed his apology as, “At the outset, I extend my unconditional heartfelt apology for this extremely unfortunate incident. I’m extremely ashamed and embarrassed since this has caused such disgrace and embarrassment to both, the BCCI and sport of cricket. I assure you that, I shall, in the future, act more responsibly and shall ensure that my actions befit my stature as cricketer and a public personality representing India and the BCCI, across the globe.”