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IPL 2017: Harsha Bhogle Returns to Commentary Box Despite BCCI Snub

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 6, 2017, 9:01 AM IST
IPL 2017: Harsha Bhogle Returns to Commentary Box Despite BCCI Snub

Harsha Bhogle. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: As reported by CricketNext on Tuesday itself, Harsha Bhogle has made a comeback to the commentary box in the Indian Premier League despite not being included in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's 'elite' list of commentators.

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The veteran commentator took to social networking site 'Twitter' to announce his return to the commentary box with official broadcasters Sony. The catch is that Bhogle will be doing only Hindi commentary, for the Hindi feed produced by Sony.

He will also be seen in the Sony studios from time to time, as a panelist on the host broadcaster's pre and post match show 'Extra innings', he mentioned in another tweet.

BCCI had on Wednesday revealed the elite panel of commentators who will be commentating during the 10th edition of the IPL in the 'world feed', which is the English broadcast produced by the BCCI itself. As many as 20 commentators will be lending their voice to the action and as expected Harsha Bhogle was not part of the list.

The list includes Sanjay Manjrekar, Scott Styris, Ravi Shastri, Pommie Mbangwa, Sunil Gavaskar, Simon Doull, L Siva, Anjum Chopra, D Morrison, Isa Guha, Michael Hussey, Lisa Sthalekar, Matthew Hayden, Melanie Jones, Micheal Clarke, Murali Kartik, Brett Lee, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon Julien and Daren Ganga.

Commenting on the upcoming season, Manjrekar said: “It doesn’t get any bigger and better than this. I have always loved this tournament and this year it is going to be no different with the IPL getting into its 10th year. One can expect a lot of surprises and some adrenaline pumping action on the field. Can’t wait to set the ball rolling.”

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke echoed Manjrekar’s sentiments. “I have been a part of this tournament as a player and this year I am eager to get behind the microphone and have some fun. Love this place, love the tournament and it is great to be a part of this commentary team,” he said.

Kevin Pietersen, on once again joining the IPL bandwagon, said: “It’s always great to be in India and playing in or commentating on all of the explosive action that personifies the IPL. Coming back this time as a commentator is going to be an experience I will cherish for a long time. I always look forward to this tournament, but in my new role as commentator, I’m looking forward to it even more. I am sure my fellow commentators and I are going to have an absolute blast.”

First Published: April 5, 2017, 7:35 PM IST

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