India’s most renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle’s exile from the commentary is unlikely to get over. BCCI, the most powerful cricket body of the world, is unlikely to give a chance to the man who set a bar for commentators in India. BCCI nNeither considered him for the ongoing series in West Indies nor for the upcoming series in the US and home series against New Zealand.
Harsha has been kept out of the commentary panel for the upcoming international series both at home and the US, as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has taken note of the complaints of the Indian players, MS Dhoni and Test captain Virat Kohli.
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, as per Mumbai Mirror, used his power as he is the leading batsman of the current Indian team to ouster Harsha from the commentary team.
In fact, Kohli is so unhappy with Harsha’s commentary during World TR20 and before that the SA’s tour of India, that he once refused to attend an interview by Harsha for a television programme.
It was learnt that Harsha’s twitter comments during India’s home series against South Africa didn’t go well with Virat. Since then, players’ opinion is considered before finalising on the commentators for any India series.
Now Harsha was not given a contract for the India’s two-match T20I series in Florida or home series against New Zealand who will play three Tests, five ODIs against New Zealand. The two series will be shown on the Star, with whom he has had a long-standing contract.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri, who bid adieu to the India coaching job, made a comeback in the commentary box. Shastri will be available during the T20I series against West Indies and home series against New Zealand.
BCCI, apart from Ravi Shashtri, now has contracted with Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, L Sivaramkrishna and Simon Doull besides Shastri for the New Zealand series.
Meanwhile, for the FloridaT20I series Gavaskar, Shastri and Manjrekar along with Jeff Dujon and Ian Bishop will be behind the mic.
Harsha’s name was not considered for the domestic cricket series in India.