Pandya, along with KL Rahul, were on Wednesday (December 9) issued showcause notices by the BCCI for their remarks on ‘Koffee with Karan’ and gave the duo 24 hours to reply. Rahul has not yet responded to the criticism.
"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful," stated Pandya's response, a copy of which is with PTI.
"I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light."
Pandya vowed never to repeat the behaviour.
"I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive. Rest assured I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future," he said.
The 25-year-old and Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, together.
Earlier in the day, Pandya posted an apology on Twitter, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect.”
On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents. When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I'm little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”
Senior BCCI officials said that both Pandya and Rahul will be asked to explain themselves in front of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.
"I will have to check their explanations. At this point, I cannot commit what action will be taken," Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.
“According to the new BCCI constitution, Section 41 (c) which deals with misconduct or breach by players, the preliminary enquiry has to be conducted by the CEO within 48 hours, who will then submit his report to the Apex Council in not more than 15 days. For now, the two players are not being recalled from the tour. They will speak to the CEO from Australia,” a senior BCCI official told CricketNext.
Former BCCI GM (cricket operations) Ratnakar Shetty also expressed his disgust over the behavior of the two cricketers on Twitter.
“It is time the BCCI decides to take corrective steps for cricketers who talk rubbish on public platforms. Hardik Pandya was a disgrace to the cricket community the way he spoke on Koffee with Karan show. He has insulted the women and also made a racist remark,” Shetty wrote on Twitter
It is time the BCCI decides to take corrective steps for cricketers who talk rubbish on public platforms. Hardik Pandya was a disgrace to the cricket community the way he spoke on Koffeewith Karan show. He has insulted the women and also made a racist remark.
— Ratnakar Shetty (@RatnakarShetty6) January 9, 2019
Shetty also wondered why the two cricketers were allowed to appear on the show.
“Both of them are contracted players of the BCCI. The CEO or the BCCI media manager need to answer why they are not allowed to speak to most of the conventional media but allowed to appear on a talk show,” Shetty, who is BCCI nominee taking care of Uttarakhand, told CricketNext.
Pandya had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from a back injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last year. He is part of the three-match ODI series squad against Australia, which starts on January 12 in Sydney. Rahul, who has been battling poor form in the Test series, is also part of the ODI squad.
((With PTI inputs))