India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener K.L. Rahul have been suspended from all forms of cricket pending an inquiry into what officials described as controversial comments on an India-based television show.
The Committee of Administrators, acting on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Saturday said it had asked both players to respond within seven days "as to why they should not be proceeded against for misconduct and indiscipline."
The pair will return to India and miss the remainder of the Australia tour, which continues Saturday with the first of three one-day internationals, and the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand.
They can also miss out on IPL if they are banned for a longer duration of time. According to Diana Edulji, a member of Committee of Administrators, she is not concerned even if these two miss World Cup as well.
“Nobody is bigger than the game. Nobody is bigger than the institution. There is a code of conduct, things are mentioned in the contracts. You need to follow these rules and regulations. Every player must understand his or her responsibility. Such loose talk gave a bad name to the BCCI and we had to correct it. Of course, we’re (calling them back). They have to return; what will they do there in Australia? They have not gone for a holiday. They have been suspended,” she was quoted as saying by The Mumbai Mirror.