India’s cricket board has lifted the suspensions of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with immediate effect.
The pair were suspended and sent home from their country’s tour of Australia after they made sexist and racist remarks on talk show Koffee With Karan. The duo had appeared on the show, hosted by Bollywood filmmaker and producer Karan Johar, earlier this month.
The chat show is in its sixth season and this was the first time cricketers have appeared on the sofa.
Pandya spoke about “hook-ups” with several women and said he liked to observe women at bars or nightclubs.
He boasted on the show about being open with his parents about the liaisons, however Rahul, who is yet to address the controversy, was more reserved with his comments.
The BCCI says the bans have been “lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations” against the pair.
Both players had apologised to the BCCI following the controversy.
All-rounder Pandya could now join up with India squad for their limited overs series in New Zealand, while batsman Rahul might play in either domestic cricket.
The incident has also compelled BCCI to consider introducing behavioral counselling for Indian cricketers. The Board was previously also mulling barring players from any interviews unless they were cricket related.
Meanwhile, Karan Johar finally broke his silence on the controversy.
He went on to say that he had had “sleepless nights” thinking about he could “undo the damage” following the backlash the players were facing, as their careers were getting affected.