The Reason Behind, Why Harsha Bhogle Taken Off Air For IPL 9?
Harsha Bhogle – the name is been represent in every other match of the Indian Cricket Team from the commentary box. Unfortunately, the telecast of IPL 9 will not be familiar because Harsha Bhogle wouldn’t represent as commentator for the IPL season 9.
This 54-year-old, whose association with Indian cricket goes back to the mid-80s and also been important part from the very beginning of the IPL season. The decision has come as a surprise for the voice of Indian cricket since he had conducted the Season 9 draft auction, featured in the league’s promotional videos, was in the commentators’ 51-day-long duty roster, and even had his flight booked by the production house.
Though, Sony Network holds IPL’s telecast rights, it is the BCCI that controls the tournament’s production. BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla refused to comment on Bhogle’s sudden ouster.
What BCCI had to tell about this incident?
One of the senior BCCI official told, When deciding the commentators, we take feedback from everyone. We monitor social media reactions on commentators, and also take inputs from players.
Other board members talked about an incident which occurred during India’s opening WorldT20 game at Nagpur last month, where Bhogle is reported to have had a heated exchange with a Vidharbha Cricket Association official. They felt this could be the reason for his last-minute ouster.
Criticized by Amitabh Bachchan on not being Indian-centric
During the T20 WC and especially after India vs Bangladesh close match, Amitabh Bachchan made a controversial tweet saying – “With all due respect, it would be really worthy of an Indian commentator to speak more about our players than others all the time.”
Later, when cleared out, he was targeting Harsha Bhogle for not been praising Indian players. The social media was taken up by storm. In reply to BigB tweet, Harsha replied – “Star Sports 1 is the world feed. That is the telecast and commentary that goes to everyone around the world. That includes passionate fans in Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, England, the USA, everywhere. That broadcast must necessarily be an objective, balanced portrayal of events. Making that excessively India-centric means being unfair to other teams playing and to viewers from their countries who have the right to be as passionately involved as Indian supporters. And so, talking more about India, in a game like yesterday’s, would be letting down viewers in, say, Bangladesh”
This could be a reason, why Harsha Bhogle was taken off air from the IPL season 9. Well, this doesn’t make sense to any cricket lover, and we do think Harsha Bhogle stands right in his position. Pity on BCCI for not taking his side, as they decide commentator on social media records and not true cricketing moral.