After being slapped with a show cause notice for his outlandish remarks on Koffee with Karan, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has offered regrets for his comment.
Pandya caused quite a stir with his comments on women and drew massive flak for the same which in many ways were objectifying women. This might even prompt the Indian cricket board to bar players from appearing such shows in the future.
In his response, Pandya claimed that he did not intend to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. Also, he said that he did not realise that his comments would trigger such an outrage and vowed to be more careful in the future.
The complete statement
"I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful," stated Pandya's response, as quoted by PTI.
"I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light," the statement further added.
"I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive. Rest assured, I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future. Upon realisation of my mistake I have also issued a public apology on my official social media handles this morning, prior to receiving the Notice," he said.
Pandya is currently part of the Indian limited overs squad which will take part in the three-match ODI series in Australia and then in the T20I series against New Zealand.