Harsha Bhogle
Harsha Bhogle
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The World Test Championship final, which will be played between India and New Zealand, is only a few days away. Ahead of the match, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an eight-member commentary panel for the marquee clash.

The star-studded commentary panel has two Indians--Sunil Gavaskar and Dinesh Karthik. It also features Kumar Sangakkara, Nasser Hussain, Simon Doull, Isa Guha, Ian Bishop and Michael Atherton.

Notably, one of the most popular voices in cricket, Harsha Bhogle's name is missing. A report on Tuesday said he was snubbed from the commentary panel. However, Bhogle has termed it "untrue". He tweeted: "Do you want to delete this? Because it is untrue. Or are you comfortable with that?"

In another tweet, the senior commentator said he has pulled himself out of commentary duties "regretfully".

"I was hoping to be in Southampton this week for the #WTCFinals. But quarantine requirements meant I would have to be away for 27-28 days for one game. I have spent a lot of time in bubbles and there are more ahead. I am enjoying being home and so, regretfully, had to pull out," he wrote.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced India's 15-member squad for the World Test Championship final that will be played at the Ageas Bowl from Friday in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

India has named six batsmen, five pace bowlers and two spinners along with two wicketkeeper-batsmen in the 15-member squad.

From the main squad that has travelled to England, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and KL Rahul have been left out.

India's squad for WTC final: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammad Siraj.

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