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Hardik Pandya apologised for the comments he had made during his appearance on Koffee With Karan

Known to brew the coffee with celebrity gossips and revelations, the show has stooped a new low with its latest episode that had Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on the couch.

"It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter", Diana responded to the legal cell, reports PTI.

"#KaranJohar, shame that you snared innocent young cricketers into your trap for TRPS. their future is at stake and the country has lost 2 players in the current series", an angry Twitter user commented.

There has been some confusion regarding whether BCCI can suspend the two players by invoking their Code of Conduct.

On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said their comments were not acceptable. Responding to the criticism, he said that the public should not make too much of Hardik's comments as they were made on a lighter note with the intention of entertaining the audience. They can't go out and say such things while pretending to be cool.

When the host of the show asked him why didn't he ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, "I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate".

However, the skipper insisted that the dressing room morale won't be affected by the controversy after the historic high of a maiden Test series triumph in Australia.

On the show, Pandya had also boasted about getting intimate with multiple women.

He added that the Indian Cricket Team has a reputation as they represent the nation. The incident has subsequently thrown their selection for the upcoming one-day worldwide (ODI) series against Australia into question with the Indian cricketing body, the BCCI, yet to decide on the two-match ban recommended by Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees such matters. It prompted the CoA to send a showcause notice to the duo.

Harbhajan Singh minced no words and told India Today, "Look, the punishment could be a two-match or three-match ban".

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