Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and upper order batsman KL Rahul have been sent back home following their controversial remarks in a talk show hosted by Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar.
The duo has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with immediate effect. The suspension from BCCI means that both Rahul and Pandya cannot play in any tournament authorised by it, ICC, or any state association.
Ever since the duo has been asked to return from Australia, where Team India is slated to play three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Australia, the speculations whether the banned duo would be able to participate in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League have started.
As per the statement issued by the BCCI, the duo cannot play in any tournament authorised by the Indian Cricket Board, which also includes the cash-rich league and as of now their participation in IPL remains under a cloud.
The reason why it is not yet confirmed whether they will play in IPL or not is because the timeline for the inquiry into the case related to Pandya and Rahul has not been scheduled as yet.
With regards to the controversy, a five-member Apex Council, comprising the elected office bearers including the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint Secretary, and Treasurer has been formed by the BCCI to conduct the inquiry.
And it is also not confirmed that how much time the council will take to deliver their judgment on the two players. It is reported that the council can take either one week, two weeks or even a month to reach any conclusion. And following their decision, both the players will have to serve the bans or pay fines or whatever the council decides.
Since the 12th season of the IPL will kick-start on March 23, a ban of two months or so can see them miss the entire tournament.
Earlier, during the player retentions, both Pandya and Rahul were retained by their respective IPL teams – Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab respectively.