Sanjay Manjrekar’s hopes of getting reinstated as a part of the BCCI’s commentary team have reportedly been thwarted after the board shunned his request by not together with the previous India batsman in its checklist of shortlisted commentators for the IPL 2020.
A report within the Mumbai Mirror states that the BCCI has approached the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Harsha Bhogle and people from abroad by means of mail in search of their availability for the upcoming IPL. However, no such mail was despatched to Manjrekar, all however closing the door on his return to commentary. The remaining name lies within the palms of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
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Manjrekar had last Saturday written to the BCCI, requesting the board to reinstate him for commentary duties for the IPL 2020. Manjrekar, a famend commentator since his retirement in 1996, was in March excluded from the BCCI’s panel of commentators forward of India’s three ODI series towards South Africa which received cancelled as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. However, with the IPL set for a September 19 begin, Manjrekar wrote that he’ll ‘stick to the guidelines laid out’ by the BCCI.
“Respected members of the Apex Council, hope you all keeping well. You are already in receipt of the email I sent to explain my position as commentator,” Manjrekar had written prime the Apex Council members of the BCCI, a replica of which was leaked.
“With the IPL dates announced, bcci.tv will pick its commentary panel soon. I will be happy to work as per the guidelines laid by you. After all, we are working on what is essentially your production. Last time may be there was not enough clarity on this issue. Thanks very much, Regards.”
Manjrekar landed in scorching waters for a few incidents last year. He created sturdy controversy by calling India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja a “bits-and-pieces” participant in the course of the 2019 World Cup, to which the India allrounder made a scathing comment on Twitter evaluating Manjrekar’s commentary to verbal diarrhoea. Manjrekar needed to later apologise for his comment after Jadeja’s preventing half-century practically took India house within the semi-final.
“By bits ‘n’ pieces of sheer brilliance, he’s ripped me apart on all fronts,” he had said.
Once the Jadeja controversy cooled down, Manjrekar received concerned in an on-air spat with Harsha Bhogle throughout India’s first ever Day/Night Test towards Bangladesh in October. With the pink ball posing questions on its visibility, Bhogle had prompt that they wanted to do a correct post-mortem after the pink ball Test, asking the gamers whether or not there have been issues relating to visibility. Responding to this, Manjrekar responded: “Only you need to ask, Harsha, not us, who have played a fair bit of the game.”
Days later, Manjrekar apologised for the comment whereas conceding that 2019 was one in all his worst years as an analyst.