Indian cricket team does not support views of Hardik, Rahul: Kohli

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Indian captain Virat Kohli has distanced himself from what he believes were "inappropriate" comments made by teammates Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul who could reportedly be banned for up to two matches after their sexist remarks on Indian television.

"In terms of Rule 41 (6) of the BCCI Constitution, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect from participating in any matter whatsoever in any match or function or event or activity that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the BCCI, the ICC or any State Association, until final adjudication of the matter". They will be sent back to India.

Kohli also said that what happened in the show was not acceptable and individual opinions are not the view of the India team.

Hardik Pandya's comments have landed him in hot water.

Choudhary agreed with Edulji's view in a separate email. "We are still waiting for a decision to be made", Kohli told reporters at the SCG.

In such a scenario, both Pandya and Rahul's participation in the first two ODIs against Australia is still not clear, which might disturb the playing combination for at least the opening match.

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The controversy has arisen in the build-up to the first of India's three one-day internationals against Australia on Saturday. Acting secretary Choudhary wanted the pair suspended "immediately". "That's how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we'll see what needs to be done about the whole situation".

Virat Kohli expressed his displeasure at the comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. This was after the BCCI's legal team refused to declare the duo's comments a violation of the code of conduct.

It is speculated that the BCCI might bar players from appearing on entertainment shows owing to the ongoing furore. The legal unit also emphasised the need to appoint an ad hoc Ombudsman to probe the episode in which Pandya and Rahul made a few crass remarks about women in a TV show - Koffee with Karan anchored by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.

"It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter", read Edulji's response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.

"The two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude", Kohli said.

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