Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended from playing cricket after making ‘misogynist’ and ‘disgraceful’ comments in an episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’. Till the time, Committee of Administrators (CoA) decide a punishment for both the players, they would not be allowed to set their foot once again on the cricketing field.
Speaking about the controversy, former Australian skipper Allan Border feels that the decision to suspend the players is a bit over the top.
Border said, “I did not know quite what to make of it because it seemed fairly harmless comments. I haven’t seen the episode, just read reports about it. It did seem little inappropriate what they were talking about but I think the ban was a bit over the top.”
The 63-year-old cricketer also expressed his views on the whole episode and shared that he feels really sorry for the cricketers and feels that the players should be media-trained before they appear on national television.
“In this age of social media, things just go out of hand. I feel sorry for the young blokes, they have learned a hard lesson. I think young sportsmen in this day and age, I suppose need to be media-trained because the slightest little thing can be blown out of proportion,” Border added.
The whole world knows the positives and negatives of social media and the former captain of the Australian team said that the cricketers need to be mindful of the dark side of the internet.
Border explained, “What goes on social media, doesn’t have to be necessarily the absolute 100% truth. Sometimes it just grows legs on all side and goes off on all different tangents. So I guess young athletes need to be mindful of that. The phenomenon of social media has it good but also its negatives. But yes, I think they have learned their lesson.”
Meanwhile, it emerged last week that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting President, CK Khanna had written a letter to CoA, requesting them to let Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul play till quantum of punishment is decided.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar