As Hardik Pandya undergoes suspension which was handed over by the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), for the sexist comments made on the show ‘Koffee with Karan,’ former Australian skipper – Michael Clarke has shown his support for India’s star all rounder, and has stated that Pandya’s presence in the World Cup squad is “very necessary,” in order to ensure stability in the line-up.
“A talented player like Hardik is very necessary for the balance of the side. He can win games alone with his batting and I am confident he will be in that World Cup squad,” the World Cup winning captain was quoted saying.
Clarke also mentioned about how a player needs to be careful with what he does or says, as they’re role models for the young, and also mentioned that, being a popular celebrity is more about respecting the people around you. But he also expressed that the recent incident will serve as a major learning curve for the Baroda based cricketer in the long run.
“How much money you have earned is irrelevant because most important thing is to earn and give respect. I think it all starts with how you have been brought up. Respecting every individual is very important. It starts with respecting elders regardless of profession,” the veteran remarked.
“Professional sportspersons are role models, recognized and they have a responsibility. Having said that, everyone makes mistakes and one needs to move on and learn from them,” Clarke added.
Recently, the acting President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), CK Khanna had sent a mail to the CoA, asking it to lift the suspension for the forthcoming series versus New Zealand on Pandya as well as KL Rahul until a further enquiry into the matter is done.
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