Both could be ordered back to India, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement.
Hardik and Rahul were not only criticised heavily on social media, but also earned the disapproval of their captain Virat Kohli, who on Friday, denounced the statements made by them on Koffee With Karan, which is hosted by filmmaker-producer Karan Johar.
They have great riches in all positions but they are likely to be without Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul after recent comments made on a television show that the BCCI have taken a dim view of so the likelihood is that they will not be considered for selection here which is no major issue given their strength and depth.
Rahul was a little more restrained than Pandya but did talk about getting in trouble with his parents as an 18-year-old for having condoms in his pocket. "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. The three-match series follows the Test series which India won 2-1.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday reacted on the views represented by teammates Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in a TV show and said as responsible cricketers they don't align with the views of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul they were their individual opinions. Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, had initially recommended a two-match suspension for the players, while Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer, had called for stricter sanctions. The legal team ruled out charging Pandya and Rahul for violating the BCCI's Code of Conduct, which applies strictly to on-field actions.
As per the new BCCI constitution, the power to sanction players for indiscipline or misconduct is to rest with the BCCI's Apex Council. The legal team has suggested that the CoA, as the authorised head of the BCCI now, could substitute for the Apex Council.
The controversial show has also been pulled down.
The legal team suggested that Johri send fresh show-cause notices to both players and that he submit his final report within 15 days. "The two concerned players have realised what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what has happened", he said.