The former Indian coach is unlikely to take any commentary stint at least till the IPL 2022. A source close to him revealed the information. Shastri is currently in Muscat and is the commissioner of the Legends Cricket League. He was expected to return to commentary with Indias tour of South Africa however he worked only in a limited capacity with Star Sports network during that series.
“He has taken a conscious decision not to take up commentary immediately, at least till the IPL.” revealed the source close to him. The BCCI has finalized the list of commentators. Seven Indians will be there including Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle, Ajit Agarkar, Deep Dasgupta, Murali Kartik, and L Sivaramakrishnan. From the West Indies camp, only Ian Bishop is included till now.
There are times when the BCCI has not included certain people in their commentary feed owing to reasons known to them. According to news in TOI, BCCI uses personal discretions for choosing commentators for the world feed. Sanjay Manjrekar has been left out of the commentary panel several times and this is allegedly due to his differences with now the BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly.
Shastri’s delayed comeback into the commentary fixture may also indicate the fact that the BCCI supremo and former Indian coach had a public argument about the interview process when Shastri was applying for the coaching role in 2017. We hope that all such speculations are not true and that we will hear the phrase ‘tracer bullet’ very soon in the commentary box.