Harsha Bhogle, a prominent face in Indian Television cricket commentary, will not be on duty for the 2016 Indian Premier League after the Board of Control for Cricket in India terminated his commentary contract. (World T20: When Mahendra Singh Dhoni Lost His Cool)
Bhogle, who has been commentating on Indian cricket since the early 90s, was a regular in the Indian Premier League right from the start of the tournament. He confirmed his non-availability on his Twitter handle
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 9, 2016
According to media reports, it is believed that the BCCI arrived at the decision after taking feedback from players.
The move comes at a time when there has been criticism from some quarters regarding the quality of commentary during the recently concluded World T20 in India.
During the World T20, there were some interesting tweets during the match between India and Bangladesh in Bangalore on March 23. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan had expressed his displeasure and it was shared by Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his timeline.
T 2184 – With all due respects, it would be really worthy of an Indian commentator to speak more about our players than others all the time.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 23, 2016
Nothing to add https://t.co/8rBel3vw4o
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) March 23, 2016
The IPL started off on Saturday with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Dhoni’s new team, Rising Pune Supergiants. Pune emphatically won the match by nine wickets.