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  1. Harsha Bhogle's exile from commentary is set to continue. New series, new channel, new production house and new BCCI management not withstanding, there are no chances of his immediate return to the telly for the live India games. It has been learnt that he has been kept out of the commentary panel for the ensuing India international matches both at home and the US as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken note of the complaints of the Indian players, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli in particular. It has recently come to light that the India Test skipper was peeved with some of his past comments and it was conveyed to the BCCI management under Anurag Thakur. So unhappy was Kohli with Harsha that he once refused to be interviewed by him for a television programme and when he was persuaded to attend the show, he had made it clear that he would not answer questions by Harsha. He spoke only to Sourav Ganguly. As much his commentary, his sharp twitter posts have also not exactly helped his cause. Those in the know says his social media comments during last year's India-South Africa series have not yet been forgotten. The players' inputs were considered before finalising on the commentators for these series. So Harsha will not be doing commentary for the two immediate Twenty20 games between India and West Indies in the US (August 27 and 28). Nor will he be part of the commentary panel for the home series (three Tests, five ODIs) against New Zealand. The two series will be shown on Star, with whom he has had long standing contract. The IPL was produced by IMG and broadcast by Sony. Even as Harsha has been left in the cold, Ravi Shastri makes a comeback with the mic. The former Team India director will be one of the commentators for both America and New Zealand games which will be produced by the BCCI production house. It is learnt that the BCCI has contracted Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, L Sivaramakrishnan and Simon Doull besides Shastri for the New Zealand series. Stephen Fleming also will be part of the panel. As for the US games, Gavaskar, Shastri and Manjrekar apart, two West Indian experts, Jeff Dujon and Ian Bishop, will be doing the commentary. Harsha has also been kept out for the day-night pink ball Duleep Trophy games that start in Greater Noida on August 23. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said it was not board's appointments and Harsha did not respond to calls from this paper. Source

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