Hardik, Rahul directed ininto contribute INR twenty lakh each ininto charity | ESPNcricinfo.Com #World_CupApril 20, 2019
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been directed to contribute INR 20 lakh (USD 30,000 approx.)
each to charity by BCCI ombudsman Justice DK Jain “in order to purge” their “collective indiscretion” on a talk show where they made controversial and offensive comments.
The two have already missed five ODIs each as part of a provisional ban pending inquiry.
The two made remarks that led Vinod Rai, the head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is running the BCCI right now, take immediate action.
However, in the absence of an ombudsman or an ethics officer in the BCCI, an inquiry couldn’t take place and it was decided that the players can’t be suspended indefinitely.
He sent a notice to the two players on April 2 and both appeared before Justice Jain in person on April 9 and 10, and repeated the apology they had made in public.
The BCCI CEO Rahul Johri also appeared before Jain, and present the CoA’s view that missing out on five matches and the match fee for those matches was sufficient penalty in their view.
Jain didn’t disagree with it, but added a further direction.
Justice Jain said that in a country where cricketers are “idolised”, “revered” and are “role models”, the player has to be mindful of the fact that he is “shouldering the responsibility towards the society” at all times on and off the field.
“These impressionable young adults try to emulate not only their style of playing but also their conduct and demeanour and therefore, they cannot be unmindful of the impact of their casual and off the cuff remarks,” Justice Jain said.