The reason behind Harsha Bhogle’s sacking ncame in public as it is now known that two senior Indian players complained to BCCI about Harsha’s comment after the Bangladesh match.
Harsha was removed from the IPL roster just hours before the first IPL match without giving him a reason. Harsha is the only commentator who never played a professional game among BCCI contracted ones.
For the last quarter of a century, Harsha Bhogle not only survived such an onslaught but also established himself as a cricket presenter cum commentator in his own charm. His immense popularity is evident from the number of followers he has on social media platforms; he is also a much sought-after guest speaker at corporate events.
Bhogle took to social media twitter to reveal the news of his sacking from the IPL 9 roster. His fans were surprised.
Over the last couple of days, no BCCI officials come on record to explain reasons behind the ouster despite hiring from Star India, to which he is contracted, only for the IPL. But on condition of anonymity, several of them are willing to reveal the details that led to Google’s exit.
The alleged spat with a Vidarbha Cricket Association official-the base of BCCI and ICC supreme Shashank Manohar-in Nagpur over not being allowed to pass through the President’s Box at the Jamtha Stadium for entering the Hindi to English commentary box during the World T20 has been touted as the primary reason.
It was also believed that a key unit ,headed by a former India cricketer, has complained about Bhogle’s behavior during the World T20.The pitch also got queered when one of the most celebrated cricketer –commentators ‘declined’ to be on air with Bhogle.
But, giving all these facts and speculations rest now a little known is rising above. Bhogle exchange of words with two senior members of the Indian team led to his sacking. One of them is belived to have confronted Bhoglee on a flight about the views he has expressed on air about the team. While the other senior, known to be very close to a key BCCI functionary, stepped in as peacemaker, he apparently also complained to the board official about Bhogle.
It led to Bhogle being removed from the IPL roster just a week before the tournament was to begin. “I still don’t know why I am not doing the IPL. I can accept the fact that people don’t like me. But I genuinely hope it isn’t because cricketers have complained about what I have to say,” Bhogle posted on his Facebook page.
The relationship between the cricketers and journalists has deteriorated over the last few years.
However, Indian TV commentators remained largely unaffected by last week’s incident proved that for the cricketers and the administration, commentators, like journalists, probably hold little significance.
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