The duo missed five one-day internationals each as part of a provisional ban, which was later lifted, and have been included in India's 15-member squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul have been each ordered to pay 2m rupees (about $29,000) towards charity within a month for their comments about women in a television chat-show, a board (BCCI) ombudsman has ruled.
Indian cricket administrators recalled Pandya and Rahul from a tour of Australia and charged them with misconduct and indiscipline after remarks condemned on social media as sexist, racist and misogynist.
The duo missed five one-day internationals each as part of a provisional ban, which was later lifted, and have been included in India's 15-member squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to pay a fine of Rs 20 lakh each that will include payment of Rs 1 lakh each to "each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through 'Bharat Ke Veer App".https://t.co/BAJp5C9mFr— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) April 20, 2019
A committee of administrators (CoA) that is running Indian cricket had asked the Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the case and determine if the pair had brought the game into disrepute.
In his order, BCCI ombudsman Justice DK Jain said he took into account the CoA's view that due to the five matches the players missed due to the provisional ban, they lost out on earnings of about 3 million rupees.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been directed to contribute INR 20 lakh each to charity "in order to purge" their "collective indiscretion" on a talk showhttps://t.co/3JiqIsJj7T pic.twitter.com/7PzbzYrpJr— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 20, 2019
"I have no hesitation in observing that being an active participant in the show, in which certain unpalatable remarks/comments were made, even by his own admissions, he also offended sensitivities, which ought to have been avoided," Jain said in his order posted on the BCCI website.
"Hence he must make amends."
The talk-show went viral, prompting outrage on social media with some users demanding a life ban, while others called for the cricketers' lucrative contracts for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be torn up.
Jain said both players had apologised for the incident without seeking to justify their action and directed the BCCI to deduct the fine from their match fees if the cricketers fail to pay the 2m rupees within four weeks.