BCCI has signed a total of 100 TV commentators for the upcoming season of IPL, as per a report in The Mirror.
Interestingly, Rohan Gavaskar, who commentates in the domestic cricket, will also make his IPL debut this year. The report suggests he will be commentating with his father, Sunil Gavaskar.
Though it will not be the first time when they share the mic. They both first commentated with each other during the quarterfinal of Ranji Trophy 2014/15 between Mumbai and Maharashtra.
Sunil Gavaskar was making his Ranji Trophy debut as a commentator on that day.
Here is the list of commentators as per the report in The Mirror –
Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Kartik, L Sivaramakrishnan and Harsha Bhogle. Foreign commentators are Brett Lee, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Dean Jones, Simon Doull, Scott Styris, Danny Morrison, Ian Bishop and Pommie Mbangwa. There will be four women commentators – Lisa Sthalekar, Melanie Jones, Anjum Chopra, Isa Guha.
Ravi Shastri, the Head Coach of Indian cricket team, will not be able to hold the mic in this year’s IPL. The conflict of interest row will see him sitting back home instead of sitting in the commentary box.
As per the conflict of interest issue, a coach associated with BCCI cannot be associated with any other body. This bars him from doing commentary.
From 2015 to 2016 – when he was associated with the team – Shastri was allowed to do commentary as the conflict of interest clause was not a major issue at that time.
It was only after Ramachandra Guha mentioned it in his resignation letter that BCCI had to take steps.
It saw coaches like Rahul Dravid, Bharat Arun, R Sridhar and others leaving their job at IPL to be associated with the Indian team.
The rule has its implications on the role of a coach as a commentator as well.
Hence, Shastri has not been included on the list of commentators.
Harsha Bhogle, who was only doing the Hindi commentary last year, has been named on the list. It was a partial comeback for Bhogle the past year.
However, as the International season progress, he made a complete comeback in the commentary box. This will be after two years when Bhogle will commentate during IPL.
It was only after the intervention of COA that Bhogle made his comeback post what happened in 2016.
The eleventh edition of IPL is set to kick off on April 7 with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in the opening game.