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Minister Babul Supriyo terms actions against cricketers Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul ‘harsh’
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Minister Babul Supriyo terms actions against cricketers Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul ‘harsh’

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New Delhi, Jan 13: Union Minister and BJP lawmaker from Asansol in West Bengal Babul Supriyo on Sunday termed 'suspended' cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul as harsh and said the actions should not 'destroy' the two players.

"With due and utter respect to Diana Edulji and her contribution to Indian cricket, May I say that her thinking has got ‘fossil’ to contemplate such extreme steps. What Hardik said is deplorable but, there has to be some prudence in the way such senior minds handle the young ones," Mr Supriyo wrote in a series of tweets.

"There is ‘Thick’ line between reprimanding someone and destroying them. My plea to these seniors: please behave your ages gentlemen and ladies. Rest my case," he wrote.

Earlier, Hardik Pandya, who was served with a show cause notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over his 'derogatory' comments against women on the chat show "Koffee with Karan", expressed regret over the incident.

"As you are aware, I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realizing that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful," cricketer Pandya said in a statement.

He also took to social media and apologised for the episode.

The Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji on Friday recommended “suspension (of the players) till further action” after the BCCI legal team refused to declare their outrage-evoking comments on women a violation of the code of conduct. (UNI)