ban lifted

India bowler Hardik Pandya in action during day three of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on Sept. 1, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Stu Forster/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jan. 24 lifted the suspensions of Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul with immediate effect, which was imposed for their objectionable comments on a television talk show.

The two players, who were sent home from the Australia tour, have already missed out on four One-Day Internationals, three against Australia and the opening match of the five-ODI series against New Zealand.

When contacted by IANS, Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji refused to comment on the issue.

Pandya and Rahul have been included in the squad for the series against New Zealand and India A respectively.

"Following the CoA's decision to lift the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, the Senior selection committee has decided to include Hardik Pandya in the squad for the series against New Zealand. KL Rahul will meanwhile join the India A squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram," the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement.

"Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions," it read.

India are 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series and the second rubber is on Jan. 26.

India A team will play 5 one-day games against England Lions.

Skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the subsequent three-match Twenty20 International series.

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