Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has come in support of cricketers under fire Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Reacting to the ongoing controversy regarding Rahul and Pandya, Ganguly said the matter should not be taken too far.
“People make mistakes. Let’s not take it too far. I am sure whoever has done it will realise and come out as a better person. We are all human beings, not machines that everything you put out comes out perfect. You just have to live life and let others live,” Ganguly told reporters in Mumbai.
Both Rahul and Pandya have been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their “sexist” and “misogynist” remarks on women in the talk show Koffee With Karan, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.
After the episode featuring Rahul and Pandya was broadcast, the duo was widely slammed on social media. In the show, Pandya bragged about “hooking up” with multiple women and even took them to the teammates room.
KL Rahul, on the other hand, did not say much about women but he confessed that he partied all night ahead of a T20I game in Miami.
Following the outrage on social media, BCCI suspended both the cricketers with immediate effect and asked them to return home from Australia. The duo has also been dropped from the Indian squad for the New Zealand tour.
Currently, a six-member committee formed by BCCI is probing the matter and a decision is likely soon. Pandya and Rahul are not allowed to play until then in any tournament authorised by BCCI or ICC.