Sanjay Manjrekar was dropped from the BCCI’s list of the commentators. The former India player later accepted the decision made by the board.
“Maybe he will be left out from the IPL panel too. At this stage, it is not on top of our minds. But the fact is they are not happy with his work,” the report quotes a BCCI source as saying.
I have always considered commentary as a great privilege, but never an entitlement. It is up to my employers whether they choose to have me or not & I will always respect that. Maybe BCCI has not been happy with my performance of late. I accept that as a professional.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 15, 2020
Manjrekar faced the heat earlier when he called Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces” player while Mumbai Indians and West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard also lashed at him for making harsh comments during the IPL matches for the right-hander.
He also had to aplogise for questioning Harsha Bhogle’s credibility after the latter gave his opinion about the Pink Ball Test.
This is not the first time that a commentator has been axed from the panel. Earlier, Harsha Bhogle was also shown the exit gates during the IPL 2016. The controversy included Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and then India skipper MS Dhoni.
The Bollywood star had made a criticism that the Indian commentators make fewer mentions about the Indian players to which Bhogle replied that as commentators they can’t be biased.
The Indian cricket team was slated to play a three-match ODI series against South Africa before the IPL. But the first ODI of the series was washed away while the remaining two were called off due to Coronavirus outbreak.
The IPL has been suspended till April 15.