Pandya and Rahul, who are both in Sydney with India's one-day squad, have found themselves in hot water over comments made during an episode of Koffee with Karan, hosted by the Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, that aired on Sunday in India.
On Thursday, Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had recommended a two-ODI ban on the duo but fellow member Diana Edulji had pushed for a legal opinion before deciding on the quantum of punishment.
With the Indian team all set to take on Australia in a three-match ODI series, Pandya may well have to miss the matches if the ban sees the light of the day.
Pandya, who appeared on the show wearing yellow sunglasses and a shiny necklace, was most outspoken, as he went into details of how he approached women at nightclubs.
He also related a story about a party he attended where he pointed to multiple women and then told his parents, "I have something going on with each of them".
The development has left Rahul and Pandya facing suspension. "So it's good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role if a scenario like that occurs", Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia. There is a school of thought that they be kept with the team as the backlash back home could be severe but majority in BCCI brass is against the decision. "We are also waiting like everyone else on the verdict".
Kohli described the news as "unfortunate" and made it clear he - or anyone in the Indian cricket team for that matter - did not agree with the comments shared by the players on the light-hearted television segment that was filmed a year ago.
"We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers do not support such views", Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here.
'They have to understand the magnitude of what's happened. Definitely it has to hit hard, they will definitely understand that things have not gone right'. This changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room.
"We definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views".
On his official Twitter page, Pandya said he got "carried away" on the show and did not mean any "disrespect" with his comments.