The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to imposea fine and one-match suspension on cricketers K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya for sexist remarks on a TV show, and move on.

This offence had no criminal implication and occurred off the cricket field. To treat it as a major issue — some have compared it with the ball tampering by Australians Steve Smith and David Warner — is ridiculous. The highest discipline and standards should be maintained on field. But it should be no news to anybody that many sportspersons act like spoiled brats, are coarse-mouthed and boastful. Some (like boxer Mike Tyson) have even assaulted women. By comparison, Pandya and Rahul are guilty of peccadillos. Their remarks on a TV show were indeed sexist, yet should surprise nobody conversant with the way sports stars act.