The Indian cricket board has lifted suspensions on all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opening-batsman Lokesh Rahul, imposed after 'sexist' comments during a TV show saw the duo ordered home from a tour of Australia.
Pandya boasted on the show earlier this month about his success with multiple women as Rahul sat next to him. Pandya's remarks prompted an uproar on social media, forcing BCCI to take action.
"You are just watching and observing how they move as I said I am a little from the black side (influenced by West Indies culture) so I have to see how they (women) move first," Pandya had said.
BCCI subsequently suspended Pandya and Rahul and ordered them to return home from the team's tour of Australia.
On Thursday, the board said that its committee of administrators "is of the view that the interim suspension orders... should be presently lifted with immediate effect".
The players apologised for their conduct following the uproar, with Pandya tweeting: "Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments. Respect."
Good to see there is some activity with Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. The forced indecision was helping nobody. There must still be a hearing and a verdict but like with Ben Stokes, pending that, they should be free to play. India 'A' would be a good restart.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 24, 2019