New Delhi: With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman DK Jain sending out notices to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opening batsman KL Rahul to depose before him in a pending enquiry following their inappropriate comments in a TV chat show, the board is looking forward to end the row keeping the World Cup in mind.
“Everyone in the board feels that this issue needs to come to an end. The players committed a mistake and there is no two-way about it. But the players were sent home from the tour of Australia, they did apologise for their mistake and are also set to depose before the ombudsman,” a senior BCCI executive said.
“With the World Cup round the corner, the general sentiment is that the matter should be put to an end.”
Another BCCI functionary said that the ombudsman has been given the matter as priority and Jain will in all likelihood submit his report within a week of meeting the players.
“There is no timeline as such, but everybody understands that substantial match loss has already happened and the punishment cannot be bigger than the crime. The ombudsman will in all likelihood submit his report within a week of meeting the players and getting their side of the story,” the functionary said.
Both the players have submitted a written apology to the BCCI and have regretted for making such comments in the show hosted by hindi film director Karan Johar. Both Pandya and Rahul are scheduled to meet Jain in Mumbai after the Kings XI Punjab versus Mumbai Indians IPL encounter April 10.