CoA chief Vinod Rai wants decision in Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul case by second ODI against Australia

Written by Vishwas Gupta

With India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul being sent separate suspension notes by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their misconduct on the chat show Koffee With Karan, CoA chief Vinod Rai now wants the enquiry to be completed by the second ODI of the ongoing series in Australia.

In a letter Rai has written to the CEO Rahul Johri to take immediate action and start the process of enquiry after the suspension notes were sent on Friday evening.

“CEO to commence the enquiry as advised by legal. Since the team is abroad with a squad of 13 now, we will have to complete the enquiry quickly. The players must give their explanation quickly. We must take a view by the time the second ODI is over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour in part of some players,” he wrote.

The legal team had earlier on Friday said: “Considering that the BCCI at present does not have an Ombudsman, the COA, in our view, will be justified in and entitled to appoint an ad hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter. The Ad hoc Ombudsman should possess the qualifications required for an Ombudsman under Rule 40(1) of the BCCI constitution.

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