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Pandya, Rahul fined by BCCI over controversial remarks

The BCCI on Saturday fined Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul $29,000 each for making controversial remarks on a TV chat show that saw them being sent back home from the tour of Australia.

Pandya ‘must make amends’ for boasting about his sexual conquests during the celebrity show in which he appeared with Rahul, said an ombudsman who investigated the case.

But with both players being picked for the World Cup in England and Wales, the inquiry said the fine should close the controversy.

The BCCI said the money from the fines will be given to 10 widows of paramilitary constables killed in action and to a fund for the blind created by the sporting body.

After making public apologies, both players have returned to the national fold and are currently playing in the cash rich IPL.

The duo has spoken in recent interviews about how they were forced to stay home, as criticism raged.

"I have no hesitation in observing that the remarks made by the player, even by his own admissions, did offend sensitivities, which should have been avoided," said the ombudsman, D.K. Jain.

"In our country, the game of cricket is often treated as a religion, revered, and the cricketers are idolised," Jain said in a warning to Pandya and Rahul to improve their behaviour.

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