Hardik Pandya | Koffee with Karan | Indian cricket team

  • Hardik Pandya | Koffee with Karan | Indian cricket team

Hardik Pandya | Koffee with Karan | Indian cricket team

Pandya had written, "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".

Pandya and Rahul appeared on the talk show on Sunday where their comments - Pandya's in particular - came in for widespread criticism and raised concerns over the team culture. Even the BCCI sent them show cause notices on Wednesday and sought a reply within 24 hours even as the all-rounder Hardik has apologised publicly on social media.

Pandya, who has a reputation as a somewhat of a "Casanova", dished on his questionable approach to women before sparking the backlash. "However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her to go ahead".

On Thursday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-ODI ban on both the players. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show.

"The very first caution that the ICC Anti-Corruption officers give in briefing to the players is to beware of situations of honey traps and the comments made on the show make it seem that the players may just be ripe for the plucking", he added.

While Hardik has already responded to the notice saying that he is "sincerely regretful" of the comments made in the show and didn't mean to hurt anyone.

The 25-year-old later said he got carried away by the "nature of the show" and is now busy drafting a response to the BCCI show cause notice.

Rahul was relatively restrained but Johar did manage to get him talking about condoms in his pocket as an 18-year-old that led to a dressing down from parents. I had asked Diana to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip.

From that to talk on his sex life, Pandya's brashness did not taper down. The players who appeared on the show have definitely brought the game and Indian cricket and cricketers into disrepute by their words and admitted conduct.

On the show, he bragged about not asking the names of women at parties and how he watched them move on the dance floor.

It is essential to expose the misogyny of those we appreciate for their talent, although that sword is double-edged.

Pandya and Rahul on the show.

Speaking of which, Star World India, which distributes Koffee with Karan, tweeted commending Karan Johar for outing the cricketer, but there hasn't been a single comment from Johar himself about whether he feels vindicated for not taking a firmer stance right then and there, especially in the #MeToo era.