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Hardik Pandya loses endorsement deal after Koffee with Karan controversy

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Hardik Pandya has lost his endorsement deal with Gillette after the Koffee with Karan controversy. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and have been ordered to return home from Australia following their sexist comments on the TV show.

Pandya had apologized for his comments and even replied to the show cause notice from BCCI but the Committee of Administrators ere not happy with the response and pushed for immediate suspension. The two cricketers will now return home immediately even though the team management wanted them to stay back.

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Harbhajan Singh has slammed Pandya and Rahul for their comments and said he would not want to travel on the same team bus with the two. Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar had welcomed the suspension and said it was right for them to return home in the face of the controversy.

Speaking to India Today on Friday, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh came down on Pandya and Rahul, saying the two tried to act "cool" on the television show but ended up making fools out of themselves.

"It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That's the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don't tell these kinds of things on national television. We don't even discuss these things with our friends," Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.

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"They have openly said.. 'I have done this, I have done that'. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.

"He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.

"This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can't go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You're making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen."

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Former captain Sunil Gavaskar lauded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for suspending Hardik and Rahul over "inappropriate" comments.

"They [the BCCI] have dealt with it [the controversy]. From what I read in the newspapers today, they have sent them back or asked them to come back. That's a right way to send a signal," Gavaskar told Sony Six on Saturday.

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"If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can't be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.

"They have been asked to come back and I believe it's the correct step because you can't have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise what's the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team."

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