Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has welcomed BCCI’s decision to lift ban of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya after the governing of Indian cricket lifted the suspension on the two players. They were suspended and were asked to return home from Australia following their racist remarks on Koffee with Karan.

Azhar stated the Committee of Administrators should have appointed an ombudsman rather than going to the Supreme Court. He was not pleased with the way COA handled this matter.

“COA should have appointed the ombudsman in the first place. There was no need to go to the Supreme Court. I don’t think COA has done a very good job. Good for the team (that Pandya is likely to join India in New Zealand) – both boys have really suffered. They have unconditionally apologized. They (COA) should have taken the decision immediately. Hope the players do not do such things again,” Azharuddin told India Today.

“They (Pandya and Rahul) should feel very happy. It will now come out how tough they are mentally. They have to move on because it’s all in the past. They have spoken enough but now their on-field performance should speak for them.”

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