Former India batsman and now a renowned broadcaster Sanjay Manjrekar on Sunday reacted to being dropped from the commentary panel of BCCI. In a tweet, Manjrekar said that he accepts the decision from the Indian Cricket Board, and he said he took the job as a “great privilege”.”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 and I will always respect that,” he said.
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 is likely to be left out of the panel for the Indian Premier League, which has now been postponed and is said to begin on April 15 instead of the initially scheduled March 29 due to the coronavirus scare.
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Manjrekar one of the most accomplished voices among Indian experts has got embroiled in controversies in recent years. The 54-year-old Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India, had courted controversy during last year’s World Cup when he termed Ravindra Jadeja a ‘Bits and pieces cricketer”, something that didn’t go well with the Saurashtra all-rounder. In fact, after Jadeja’s fifty, he was seen gesturing to Manjrekar in the commentary box as well. Jadeja was the standout player in the semi-final for India. Hence, this situation blew up quite a bit and Manjrekar received a lot of flak for this.
Well done Mumbai! https://t.co/IpVWhpd3A9— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 7, 2020
His reputation as a cricket expert has only gone from strength to strength since his retirement in 1996 but it’s the past one year or so that has seen criticism coming thick and heavy, especially concerning India’s matches.
While there was no clarity on the reason behind leaving Manjrekar out, a report added that the authorities were not happy with this work. Also, his support towards Mumbai has landed him as showing favor to the Mumbai player than any other players.
He was also planned on social media on his on-air comment about fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle during the pink ball test match against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year when he questioned the credibility since he hasn’t played at the highest level.
Harsha bhogle and Sanjay manjrekar having a difference of opinion on live tv pic.twitter.com/0TTSLQDCvO— Flighted leggie 🏏 (@flighted_leggie) November 24, 2019