Ban lifted: Hardik Pandya picked for NZ tour, Rahul to be with India A

BCCI lifts suspension on Pandya, Rahul
Hardik Pandya, left, and K L Rahul, right, were sent home from the tour of Australia due to their sexist comments on 'Koffee With Karan'.

New Delhi: All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul, whose bans were lifted on Thursday, 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 join the India A squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram," the BCCI said in a statement.

"Hardik Pandya will be send 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 Saturday.

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 (T20I) series.

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) lifted the suspensions of Pandya and Rahul with immediate effect.

It was imposed for their objectionable comments on Karan Johar's TV show Koffee with Karan.

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

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