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Harsha Bhogle back in commentary box for IPL 2017

If reports of Mumbai Mirror are to be believed, the ‘Voice of Indian Cricket’ – Harsha Bhogle will once again be heard during live cricket matches in the tenth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

After almost a year, Bhogle is all set to return to the place where he belongs – the ‘commentary box’.

Recently, BCCI has witnessed a radical shift in their power and authority after the honorable Supreme Court removed the top brass of the world’s richest cricket board (BCCI) including former president Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke.

However, it is learned that the new BCCI administration led by Vinod Rai has no real concerns with the veteran commentator and he is likely to return to his former role. The world’s richest cricket board terminated Harsha’s contract last year during the World T20.

No proper explanation has been given behind Bhogle’s outcast from the commentary box, but it is speculated that the 55-year old comments didn’t go down well with some members of the Indian cricket team and its officials. Legendary Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan wrote a precautionary tweet pointed towards Harsha and his views which were later retweeted by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay too expressed their displeasure to BCCI about Bhogle’s alleged criticism against them.

Another reason behind Bhogle’s return is the lack of quality commentators in the panel, with names like Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis set to give this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) a miss due to the growing tensions between India and Pakistan.  

Other commentators on the panel for IPL 10 include Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, L Sivaramakrishnan and Sanjay Manjrekar and few other renowned names from other countries.

No official confirmation has been made on this news so far, but it is more of a formality at this juncture. The picture is likely to get clearer in the next few days.

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