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No Harsha Bhogle In IPL 2016; Fingers Point At Players, Big B For BCCI Decision

Updated on 12 April, 2016 at 1:37 pm By

Harsha Bhogle, the name synonymous with cricket commentary itself, has been dropped from the ongoing IPL 2016. If that is not shocking enough, know that Bhogle’s contract was terminated without his knowledge.


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Bhogle has been part of the IPL series since the first season in 2008. Since he was an active part of everything from the draft auction to the promotional campaigns, the decision, which was taken by the BCCI, was a jolt out of the blue for fans of the widely renowned commentator.

BCCI has not commented on the matter.

A report quotes Bhogle stating that he has not yet been formally told of reason even now. “All I have been told is ‘it is a BCCI management decision’,” he says of the decision.

 

Harsha Bhogle

 

A report claims that Bhogle’s ouster follows a heated exchange he had with an official of the Vidharbha Cricket Association during a recent match at Nagpur. It was over a closed door of a room that separated the English and Hindi commentary boxes forcing the commentators to take a flight of stairs each time they had to switch between them. The enclosure was of BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Some say that this could have triggered his ouster.

Another report claims that some senior players in the current Team India squad may have something to do with Bhogle’s departure from the series.


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Although the commentator has not made a direct reference, he reportedly said that Indian cricketing legends such as Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid were “too classy and too big in stature to get involved in such petty instances”.

Meanwhile, a furious social media is criticizing the decision and demanding Bhogle’s return.

 



 

There are speculations that a tweet by Amitabh Bachchan, which was retweeted by MS Dhoni, might have also played a part in BCCI’s decision.

Bachchan’s tweet was in response to India’s close victory over Bangladesh in their World Cup T20 encounter. Not everyone, however, is buying this theory.

 


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Bachchan has not commented on the matter.

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