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Hardik Pandya will be heading to New Zealand to join the Indian team for the ongoing limited overs series while KL Rahul has been included in the India A squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions after the bans on the Indian duo were provisionally lifted with immediate effect, pending the appointment of an ombudsman. Following the announcement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) through a media release late Thursday night, fans took to Twitter to have their say on the decision.

While many welcomed the lifting of bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, saying that they had already been punished enough, others were not as forgiving.

Pandya and Rahul were sent home from the tour of Australia due to the comments they made on a popular TV chat show.

On Thursday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA), after consulting new amicus curiae PS Narsimha, decided to lift the suspension pending an inquiry, for which an ombudsman is to be appointed by the Supreme Court. The apex court has listed the matter tentatively for February 5.

Following the CoA decision, the BCCI announced that Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.

Pandya has already missed the opening ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand, and it remains to be seen whether he will immediately be brought back to the playing XI for the second ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

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