Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has, in a shocking move, terminated IPL contract of the commentator Harsha Bhogle. This means the iconic commentator won’t be commentating during the ongoing season of the highly popular Indian domestic T20 tournament.
Bhogle has been a regular in the commentary box since the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League in 2008 but in a surprising move, the cricket board has decided to do away with his services for the current edition.
Citing a senior BCCI official, The Indian Express reported that the board may have reached the decision after taking feedback including that from the players. “When deciding the commentators, we take feedback from everyone. We monitor social media reactions on commentators, and also take inputs from players,” the official was quoted as saying on the condition of anonymity.
The report further states that an incident involving Bhogle and a Vidharbha Cricket Association official during India’s World T20 game against New Zealand at Nagpur last month that resulted in a heated argument might have been the reason for his exit.
Meanwhile Bhogle, who is yet to receive an official reason for the termination of his contract, has refused to speak on the development but said he has been told that ‘it is a BCCI management decision’.
Bhogle also received immense support from his followers on the social media after revealing he won’t be a part of IPL this season on Saturday.