Sports Desk- Former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar have been given a big blow by the BCCI. The BCCI’s removed him from the commentary panel. A regular feature in the commentary box in India’s home games, Manjrekar is likely to be left out of the panel for the IPL, which has now been postponed and is set to begin on April 15 instead of the initially scheduled March 29 due to the coronavirus scare.
Manjrekar was not present in Dharamsala during the first ODI between India and South Africa. The report also mentioned that Sanjay Manjrekar was not available for a response. Other BCCI panel commentators Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik were, however, present, reported the Mumbai Mirror.
The Indian cricket community is currently dealing with the outbreak of coronavirus, as the pandemic has resulted in the cancellation second and third matches in the series.
Manjrekar had found himself in the middle of a social media storm not once but twice last year when he first called Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer and then a few months later questioned the credentials of fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle during the pink-ball Test in Kolkata.
While there is no clarity yet on the reason behind dropping Manjrekar, the report added that the authorities were not happy with his work.
Comment on Manjrekar of Chennai Superkings
On the issue of removing Sanjay Manjrekar, Chennai Superkings (CSK) said, “Need not hear the audio feed in bits and pieces anymore.” This reply of CSK is being considered as a response to the comment made on Jadeja.
Need not hear the audio feed in bits and pieces anymore. ??— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 14, 2020