Noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle is still clueless about the reasons for his ouster from the IPL panel but hoped that players' complaint has nothing to do with his removal.
"I still don't know why I am not doing the IPL. I haven't been told. I can accept the fact that people don't like me. But I genuinely hope it isn't because cricketers have complained about what I have to say," posted Bhogle on his Facebook page.
Speculation is rife that some Indian cricketers have complained against Bhogle to the BCCI for his comments on air but the exact reason for his last minute sacking from the IPL commentators' panel is not yet known.
"I tell every young cricketer who cares to listen that we will never agree on everything but I will always desire that they do well; that I cannot stop them from scoring a run, or taking a wicket or holding a catch.
"Doing that is their job, telling the story of what they did, or didn't, is mine. Our paths will be strewn with admiration and disagreement. It is the nature of the job whether you are a university level cricketer or among the best there has been. And, for heaven's sake, my greatest criticism is that I don't do enough of it," he wrote further.
There has been an outpour of support on social media for Bhogle, who has more than 3.5 million Twitter followers.
IMAGE: Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.
Photograph: Sanjay Sawant.