Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show cause, says he didn’t realise comments ‘could be disrespectful’

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya Wednesday responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on a TV show, which were slammed as sexist and misogynistic.

On Wednesday, the BCCI issued show cause notices to Pandya and batsman Lokesh Rahul after the pair appeared on an episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’, hosted by the Bollywood filmmaker Karan Joharand, and were asked questions about their personal lives.

In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.

“I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful,” he wrote in his response, which is in PTI’s possession.

 

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“I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in a bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” he added.

The 25-year-old, who is here for the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour.

“Rest assured I hold the BCCI in the highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he sai

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