Harsha Bhogle’s absence from the commentary box may just be coming to an end. The veteran cricket commentator hasn’t been seen during live cricket matches for around a year, ever since the World T20 in India last year. However, he is set to return, in the studio certainly if not on the ground for live commentary, according to a report by Mumbai Mirror.

The reports states that due to the changes in the BCCI in the last few months, the people who were opposed to Bhogle’s participation are no longer in power and the current administartion has no problem if he were to return to on-air cricket analsyis. Another reason is the supposed lack of cricket experts.

“With Ramiz Raja, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar not available for this year’s IPL, because of the strained relations between India and Pakistan, there is an acute shortage of people with the gift of the gab and an eye for analysis. With all his experience, it is believed that Harsha can make up for a lot of that shortage, even if he were to be confined only to the studio,” continues the Mumbai Mirror report.

There has been no official confirmation from either Sony or Bhogle yet.

Bhogle’s fall-out with the BCCI and senior players is believed to have cost him his IPL gig last year, when he had stated that he had been taken off the IPL commentary team without any explanation.

But it was widely believed that the reason was Amitabh Bachchan’s tweet protesting the commentators talking about the opposition more than the Indian players, which was shared by then captain MS Dhoni with a cryptic ‘Nothing more to add’.