CoA chief recommends 2-match ban on Hardik, KL Rahul

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are all set to pay a heavy price for their remarks on 'Koffee With Karan' - a TV show hosted by Bollywood film-maker Karan Johar.

The Committee of Advisors chief Vinod Rai on Thursday (January 10) recommended two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul in consultation with Diana Edulji, the other CoA member.

"I am not convinced with Hardik's explanation and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However, the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her go ahead," Rai told.

"Edulji has sought legal opinion whether the duo can be banned. So, obviously a decision will be taken once she gives her nod. As far as I am concerned, the comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable," said Rai.

Earlier, Rai had issued a show-cause notice to both Pandya and Rahul for their remarks.

Pandya had issued an apology letter to BCCI.

"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," he wrote in his response.

"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," he added.