BCCI throws Sanjay Manjrekar out of commentary panel
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a big decision, as it dropped Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary team.
Manjrekar has been a regular feature in the commentary box during India’s home matches for the past couple of years or so.
However with the latest development in the BCCI, the former cricketer may not be included in IPL 2020 as well.
While it is true to some extent that Manjrekar divides opinion like no other commentator in the cricketing world, it is also a fact that he is one of the most popular faces in the cricket commentary boxes and panel discussions.
But BCCI’s decision does not come as a big surprise, as Manjrekar found himself making headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout the last year.
First he criticised criticised all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the World Cup 2019, which did not go down well with the current India cricketer, and instantly became talk of the town after Jadeja had vented his anger on social media platforms.
Again during India’s first pink-ball Test against Bangladesh, Manjrekar invited controversy by questioning Harsha Bhogle’s credentials as a player during the live match.
Manjrekar was absent from India’s first ODI against South Africa in Dharamsala, a game which was eventually abandoned due to rain. Other BCCI panel commentators Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik were, however, present.
“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,” said a BCCI insider.