IPL 2017: Harsha Bhogle's exile from commentary box might end this tournament, hint organisers
Harsha Bhogle is set to end his exile from cricket commentary after the official broadcasters of the IPL hinted that the renowned commentator could be seen in action in the 10th edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
Kolkata: Harsha Bhogle is set to end his exile from cricket commentary after the official broadcasters of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday hinted that the renowned commentator could be seen in action in the 10th edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
"It's our intention to get him back in the studio. However, we have some paperwork formalities left but in all likelihood we may see him doing commentary in the upcoming IPL," Prasana Krishnan, EVP and business head, sports cluster Sony Pictures Networks India, said in Kolkata on Tuesday.
A popular face behind the camera, Bhogle has spent nearly a year away from the commentary box after he had a stand-off with the erstwhile BCCI administration.
Apparently, it all began with his criticism of the Indian cricket team's performance and star actor Amitabh Bachchan without taking names took a shot at Bhogle on his Twitter handle.
Bhogle's comments also were not well received by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team officials.
The episode led to his ouster from the commentary team of Indian cricket team and last IPL, but with a new administration in place in the BCCI, there seems to be a change in fortune for Bhogle, who was recently seen doing cricket analysis for a sports website.
The official broadcasters further said they would be organising various promotional activities across India and would continue with the Fan Park across 35 cities of the country during the tournament that will take place between 5 April and 21 May.
"Our idea is to bring in human element into every match. Every fan will have a story to tell which would be unique than the stats," Krishnan added.
Besides English (Sony SIX) and Hindi (Sony MAX), the IPL will be broadcast in Sony's three regional language channels of Bengali, Tamil and Telugu.
The Bengali commentators will be Ranadeb Bose, Joydeep Mukherjee, Abhishek Jhunjhunwalla, Saradindu Mukherjee and Subroto Banerjee.
The Governing Council of the IPL had issued the 'Invitation to Tender' (ITT) document on payment of the non-refundable tender fee of Rs 10 lakh on August 31. It had earlier extended the date till 10 October.
Stokes posted a photograph showing him holding a bat with his bandaged finger and the words: "12th April broken finger. 11th October first time since breaking being able to get it round my handle."
Speaking after the toss for CSK's IPL game against Punjab Kings, the 40-year-old was asked about whether he would be staying with the franchise which is synonymous with him since the IPL's inception.