Pandya to join India in New Zealand, Rahul to play for India A

Hardik Pandya to fly out to New Zealand for limited overs series Lokesh Rahul to play for India A India cricket

Hardik Pandya (left) will fly out to New Zealand to join the national team, while Lokesh Rahul will play for India A

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya will join the national team in New Zealand, while batsman Lokesh Rahul will play for India A in a 50-over series against the England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.

The announcement comes after the BCCI lifted their suspensions on Thursday over the controversial comments they made on a TV show.

Pandya will fly to New Zealand “at the earliest”, according to a board release, but it is likely that he will miss the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on January 26.

As a result, he could return for the third ODI, which will also be held in Mount Maunganui, on January 28.

In regards to Rahul, he will join the India A squad and should be available for the last three matches of the series, which will be held on January 27, 29 and 31.

On an episode of Koffee with Karan, a renowned talk show in India, Pandya and Rahul came under fire for their seedy comments towards women.

The show aired on January 6, and five days after, the BCCI suspended both Pandya and Rahul.

However, with the board still waiting on the appointment and adjudication of its ombudsman, the pair have been cleared to play cricket again.

The BCCI’s Committee of Administrators seem to be divided on what punishment to hand down on the duo as chairman Vinod Rai wanted them banned for two games.

Rai also wanted an investigation launched by an ad-hoc ombudsman

However, former India woman’s captain Diana Edulji, who makes up the other half of the Committee of Administrators, feels that the board and committee should spearhead any investigation. She is also open to the idea of the probe being done by the yet-to-be appointed ombudsman.

With Rai and Edulji having differing views on the matter, it was decided that the board would wait until the Supreme Court appoints the ombudsman.

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