It has been a really undesirable start to the year for Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been extensively criticised for their sexist comments in a controversial episode of Karan Johar's talk show, 'Koffee With Karan'.
They have been suspended by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) after the episode was aired on Hotstar. They have been trolled by the Mumbai Police, criticized by their teammates and shamed by former national players.
But their misfortune doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon as the BCCI wants to make an example out of the two rather outspoken cricketers, as the Committee of Administration (CoA) is thinking about conducting a 'behavioural counselling session' for the Indian players.
"The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson's life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity," a senior BCCI official told the Press Trust of India.
But is this idea of conducting A counselling session nothing more than just a way to make a statement out of Pandya and Rahul, or could it turn out to be a lot more important than we think it to be?
When you think about it, a professional sportsperson's life is exceedingly dynamic. The travelling, time away from family, bad form, injuries and a lot of other aspects that an athlete goes through during his professional career, can take a toll on their psyche.
Especially for the Indian amateurs, who, with the success of the Indian Premier League, basically owned crores of rupees overnight after the auction, may find these sessions useful in terms of managing their lives amongst all the fame and fortune.December 18, 2018
"Players like 17-year-old Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them," expressed a former Indian cricketer.
As far as Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are concerned, they will attend the session as a part of the main roster and as centrally contracted cricketers.