Hardik Pandya, the India allrounder, could reportedly be banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India following his controversial remarks on Koffee With Karan, a talk show hosted by popular bollywood director Karan Johar. According to several media reports, Pandya could be banned for two games, putting his participation in the Australia series, beginning on January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in jeopardy. Reports have further stated that the recommendation to ban Pandya for two games has come from the head of the Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai. The reports further state that the CoA is waiting for the approval of Diana Edulji for the bans to take effect. Speaking to PTI, Rai said he was not convinced with the explanation provided by Pandya and has recommended such measures.
Pandya's remarks were slammed as ‘misogynistic’, ‘racist’ by many Twitter users and the Board of Control for Cricket in India also jumped him, issuing a showcause notice to the all-rounder along with KL Rahul, the other cricketer present on the show. Pandya had taken to Twitter to apologise for his remarks and apparently, he has also expressed ‘regret’ over the comments when he responded to the showcause notice. The all-rounder has said the mistake will not be repeated in the future.
In a report on PTI, Pandya was not part of the optional practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground and has apparently spoken to Ravi Shastri and other senior members of the Indian cricket team. “I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful. I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” Pandya responded in a query which was in possession with PTI.
Watching Koffee with Karan (or however you spell it) with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and the toxic masculinity and racism egged on by Karan Johar’s giggles are the reason why Indian men are encouraged to unapologetically misogynistic. Unfortunate!— Sanjana Chowhan (@Sanjanachowhan) January 6, 2019
Pandya took to his Twitter handle and issued the apology after his comments raised a massive controversy on social media, with several users labeling it ‘misogynistic’ and ‘racial’. The apology is related to a particular part where he passed some distasteful comments on women and his sexual activities on television.
Someone please tell Hardik Pandya that what he thinks is a 'cool-idgaf-badboy' image comes out as nothing but creepy and gross.— n. (@FeistyFangirlx) January 6, 2019
The situation came into light with this one conversation when Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move." Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, 'Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)'. At a party my parents asked me 'acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)' and they were like 'waah proud of you beta',” Pandya replied with laughter.
During the time when the #MeToo movement is active and sexual harassment is a serious issue which needs to be tackled in all fields, the comments from Pandya did not go down well with Twitter users labeling his comments ‘gross’ and a ‘big disappointment’. In his apology, Pandya has admitted that he got ‘carried away’.
While Pandya’s comments have drawn plenty of flak, it must be observed that Rahul, who was the other guest in the program, responded with straight answers and showed his dignity. When asked about a situation if both like the same woman , Rahul responded, “It is upto the woman.” Pandya, in turn, responded, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao (No, no, it is nothing like that. It is all on talent. Whoever gets it, take her away). It is on talent."