Will Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul play the 12th season of Indian Premier League (IPL)? This is the biggest question that is making the air after the suspension of the duo by BCCI. The release of the board clearly mentions that they will not be allowed to play in any tournament authorised by it, ICC or any state association. This also includes IPL and as of now, the participation of the duo in the T20 league remains under cloud.
This is due to the fact that a set timeline for the inquiry into the case of Pandya and Rahul has not been set and it remains to be seen how much time will the committee take to deliver a judgement on the two players. It can take a week, two weeks or even a month.
Since the IPL starts on March 23, a ban for two months or so can see them miss the full duration of the IPL or a part of the T20 league. Their IPL future solely depends on the committee; the time it will take to announce the decision and the punishment which it will impose on the two cricketers.
Pandya was retained by Mumbai Indians ahead of 2018 IPL auction for a huge amount of Rs 11 Crore. He scored 260 runs and scalped 18 wickets in the previous season. KL Rahul was purchased by Kings XI Punjab for a sky-rocketing amount of Rs 11 Crore. He repaid the faith shown on him and shone with the bat, scoring 659 runs in the T20 league.