An Indian cricket star has issued a public apology for boasting, on a popular TV chat show, about having sex with multiple women and telling his parents when he lost his virginity.
Indian cricket authorities have issued a demand that all-rounder Hardik Pardnya give an explanation for his comments on chat show Koffee with Karan that aired on January 6 as India wrapped up a convincing Test victory over Australia in Sydney.
Indian batting opener Lokesh Rahul also took part in the interview and has found himself caught up in the backlash on social media over what many have described as 'misogynistic' comments.
Indian cricket star Hardik Pandaya (pictured) has issued a public apology for boasting, on a popular TV chat show, about having sex with multiple women and telling his parents when he lost his virginity
Indian cricket authorities have issued a demand that all-rounder Hardik Pardnya (left) give an explanation for his comments on chat show Koffee with Karan that aired on January 6
'We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul for their comments,' Board of Control for Cricket in India told the Press Trust of India.
'They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation.'
The comments involved Parndya bragging about his prowess with women, saying, 'You are just watching and observing how they move… I have to see how they move first,' he said.
He also told a story about an incident where he was out with his parents at a party and told them about a woman he had previously had a 'scene' with.
'And I actually had to tell them. This one. This one. This one,' he said, before revealing how he boasted to his parents about losing his virginity.
Parndya himself issued an apology over Twitter for the comments just hours beforehand.
Indian batting opener Lokesh Rahul (front, with Indian captain Virat Kohli) also took part in the interview
The apology issued by Parndya on Twitter after the interview
'After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show,' he wrote.
The scandal follows a political statement in Kerala, a state along the south western coast of India, on January 1 this year in which hundreds of thousands of woman formed a 'woman's wall' that stretched 620km across the state.
Commoners, the upper class, and celebrities stood side by side for the movement, which has been called a turning point for feminist politics in the region.
Indian cricket authorities have issued Pandya (pictured) with a 24-hour 'show cause' notice regarding the comments in the interview