Pandya, Rahul left out of 1st ODI amid recommendation of suspension

A BCCI source said that Rahul was not considered for selection while Pandya will miss at least the game on Saturday.

“The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing tomorrow (Saturday) as they are yet to get a final directive," said a BCCI source close to the development.   -  K. Murali Kumar

India will not be fielding Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul in Saturday’s ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women during a TV show.

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A BCCI source said that Rahul was not considered for selection while Pandya will miss at least the game on Saturday. A final decision on the matter is still awaited.

“The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing tomorrow (Saturday) as they are yet to get a final directive. Rahul, in any case, wasn’t in contention for a first XI berth,” said a source close to the development.

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“The team management is waiting for an official communication on whether there is a provisional suspension and if they will be sent back,” he added.

On Thursday, COA chief Vinod Rai had recommended a two-match ban for Pandya and Rahul but colleague Edulji referred the matter to BCCI’s legal team.

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