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Hardik Pandya to join India's ODI and T20 squads in New Zealand; KL Rahul set to play for India A

The BCCI has asked Hardik Pandya to join the Indian squad for the ongoing ODI series and the subsequent T20I series in New Zealand, while batsman KL Rahul will join the India A squad.

Hardik Pandya to join India's ODI and T20 squads in New Zealand; KL Rahul set to play for India A

Hours after the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) lifted their suspensions on Thursday, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul were named in India and India A squads respectively, signalling a return to normalcy for the duo's fledgling careers.

Pandya will join India's limited-overs squad in New Zealand and Rahul the India A squad that is currently playing a 50-over series against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will be issued fresh show cause notices from BCCI. AFP

CoA lifts ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, allows them to play pending appointment of Ombudsman. AFP

Once the decision was the made, the BCCI issued a statement stating: “The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.”

The duo was originally suspended by the CoA on 11 January for their sexist and misogynist comments on a television talk show.

Their fate and sanction, if any, was up to the discretion of the ombudsman after the two-member CoA — Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji — found no middle ground on the next step of action.

The matter then reached the Supreme Court, and the apex body decided on 17 January to wait for the Ombudsman to conduct a disciplinary inquiry and propose sanction should he/she deem necessary. The court will resume hearing on 5 February.

Pandya was sent back home from Australia a day before the start of the One-Day International series, with Vijay Shankar called up to replace him for the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand. Shubman Gill replaced KL Rahul for the limited-overs leg in New Zealand and will continue to remain with the squad.

Updated Date: January 25, 2019 09:31:46 IST

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