Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been fined a sum of Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain for their sexist remarks on popular talk show ‘Koffee With Karan’. The cricketers will pay Rs 1 lakh each to ten widows on ‘Bharat ke Veer’ application and the remaining amount will be funded to the Blind Cricket Association. (Read in Bengali)
“Taking into consideration all these aspects, in particular that the player has tendered an apology for the incident without seeking to justify his action, has acknowledged his duty to the society and expressed his willingness to hold himself to higher standards expected of him and has missed out five ODIs; in the interest of justice and fair play, in order to purge his collective indiscretion, it would suffice if the player is directed to…” read the order by Justice Jain before listing out the two donations asked of them.
The cricketers have been directed to pay the amount within four weeks from the date of receipt of the order. Failing which, the money could be deducted from their respective match fees by the BCCI.
After their controversial appearance on the talk show, the duo were suspended from the team and were subsequently asked to return to India from the Australia tour.
However, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators later revoked the interim suspension on the cricketers and Pandya joined the Indian squad in New Zealand while KL Rahul featured in India A squad for the series against England Lions.
Both the cricketers had publicly apologised for their comments on the talk show. The Indian all-rounder admitted that he was carried away with the nature of the show but he didn’t intend to disrespect anyone.
“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,” Pandya shared on Twitter.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) 9 January 2019
Both Pandya and Rahul have been named in the 15-member World Cup squad, which starts from May 30.