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Team India does not align with Pandya, Rahul’s comments: Captain Virat Kohli

Prime News, National, International, Cricket, Sydney (Australia), January 11:- Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has broken his silence on the controversy over sexist remarks made by cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya on a television show.

Speaking to media persons ahead of the commencement of the One Day International series against Australia, Kohli said that “as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers, we do not align with those views.”

According to Kohli, the remarks made by Pandya and Rahul were their “personal opinions.” The skipper said, “We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made.”

Kohli, however, added that the controversy would not dent the “spirit” of the team “change the beliefs” in the dressing room.

“From the Indian cricket team’s point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room. It does nothing to the spirit we have been able to create,” said Kohli, adding that a decision on their inclusion in the team would be taken once a decision is taken on them by their authorities.

The remark by Kohli comes a day after Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai recommended a ban for two ODIs on Pandya and Rahul.

Another CoA member, Diana Edulji referred the matter to the legal cell of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing strict action from the BCCI and the Committee of Administrators after their appearance on Karan Johar’s celebrity talk show, Koffee with Karan, created a massive stir. Pandya along with his good friend and India teammate, KL Rahul made a few borderline racist and sexist comments on the show, hosted by popular filmmaker Karan Johar. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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