Action at Prestbury Park gets underway at 1.30 with the JCB Triumph Hurdle.Here at home this evening, there’s action on the all-weather track at Dundalk where the first of seven races goes to post at 6. Ruby Walsh will be aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Djakadam, as they look to upset favourite Don Cossack. The big race is off at 3.30. Meanwhile, former Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton will be aboard Pacha du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase.
One of the most popular cricket commentator’s voice will be missing from the Indian Premier League this season. Harsha Bhogle, who has been associated with Indian cricket since the mid-80s and who has been a part of the IPL commentary team since the first season in 2008, has been removed from the panel by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and he was told about the termination of his contract just a week back, according to a report in The Indian Express.Would have been nice to be part of @IPL again. Was in fact looking forward to it. Favourite tournament. Hope #IPL9 is a blockbuster. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 9, 2016The decision came as a complete surprise for the 54-year-old as he had conducted the draft auction for this season, featured in the cash-rich league’s promotional videos and even his flight tickets booked by the production house.Sony Network holds the telecast rights for the IPL, but 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.However, a senior BCCI official, on condition of anonymity, told The Indian Express: “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 revealed an incident which occurred during India’s opening World T20 game at Nagpur last month, where Bhogle reportedly had a heated exchange with a Vidharbha Cricket Association official which they feel could be the reason for his last-minute ouster.advertisement”No one told me anything. I have not been formally told of the reason even now. All I have been told is ‘it is a BCCI management decision’,” the report quoted Bhogle, a respected voice in world cricket with 3.66 million Twitter followers, as saying.Bhogle said that in the Nagpur game, the Hindi and English commentary boxes were separated by the president’s enclosure. With the door of the VIP box shut, the bilingual commentators had to rush down several flights of stairs, and climb up again, after every stint.”Working on a tight deadline, because of running around, I was at times panting as I went on air. This was because of that shut door,” said Bhogle.Board officials said Bhogle had an angry exchange with a cricket official at the venue as he wanted him to open the door, and this reached the Nagpur-based BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Those who were present there said this incident was the trigger that resulted in Bhogle losing out, the report added.”Even if it was the Nagpur incident, no one heard my part of the story,” said Bhogle.