Suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tendered unconditional apologies on Monday to the seven-day show cause notice issued to them by the BCCI. The two players were sent back home home from the Australia tour following the suspension order.
The matter has now been referred to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri by Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai. Johri will investigate the case and has to submit his findings in no more than 15 days.
"Yes, Hardik and Rahul have submitted their reply to the fresh showcause notices that were served to them. They have tendered unconditional apology. The CoA chief has instructed the CEO to conduct an inquiry as per clause 41 (c) of the new BCCI constitution," a senior BCCI official told PTI.
According to the new constitution, ombudsman is to adjudicate the CEO's findings. An ombudsman can only be appointed on January 17, when the next Supreme Court hearing is slated to take place. If the court does not do so, Vinod Rai wants to appoint an ad-hoc ombudsman.
Meanwhile, the BCCI state units have written to acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.