Monday, 11 April 2016

No IPL for Harsha Bhogle: Commentator's contract terminated without explanation from BCCI

Apart from two fan favorite teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, suspended as a result of spot-fixing and betting scandals, IPL 2016 will also miss the voice of Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle.

According to the reports, Contract of Harsha Bhogle for IPL has been terminated and the commentator, who has been involved with the IPL since its inception, was told about his exclusion only a week ago and wasn't even provided with an explanation.

The desicion of suspending Bhogle has came as a surprise for the voice of Indian cricket since he had conducted the Season 9 draft auction, featured in the league’s promotional videos, was in the commentators’ 51-day-long duty roster, and even had his flight booked by the production house.

Though, Sony Network holds IPL’s telecast rights, it is the BCCI that controls the tournament’s production. BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla refused to comment on Bhogle’s sudden ouster.

Bhogle told, “No one told me anything. I have not been formally told of the reason even now. All I have been told is ‘it is a BCCI management decision’,”

Harsha Bhogle was part of the commentary team during the recently concluded ICC World T20. It is speculated that incidents in the same tournament lead to his ouster from the IPL.

Following India's match against Bangladesh, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan had accused certain commentators focusing more on overseas players than on the Indian players.

Bachchan's sentiments were cryptically echoed by none other than the Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni himself.
The BCCI has refused to comment on the matter, however, it would not be the first time a commentator was set aside by the governing body for cricket in India, which sets strict rules for commentating. Earlier, Sanjay Manjerekar and Arun Lal, familiar Indian commentators, too have been meted out the same treatment.

The new season of the IPL will miss quite a few familiar names for it's ninth edition.


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