The past 6-8 months haven’t been the best from a personal point of view for Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar who has been at the center of multiple controversies. His comments on Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the 2019 ICC World Cup before questioning the credibility of renowned cricket expert and fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle, have led to huge outrage on social media.
What seems like the result of such doings, Manjrekar has been dropped from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) commentary panel.
Amid the coronavirus scare that saw BCCI suspend the India vs South Africa ODI series and reschedule the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 13, the news regarding Manjrekar facing the ax subsided.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, the 54-year-old will not be a part of the Indian cricket team’s matches going forward and is unlikely to be included in the Indian Premier League panel too.
Manjrekar has been in the commentary panel for India’s matches in the past three World Cups and several other ICC events. His reputation as a cricket expert has only gone from strength to strength since retirement in 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 no BCCI spokesperson has commented on the matter a Mumbai Mirror source said: “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”.
While there’s no denying that Manjrekar’s comments of late have created a few controversies, he remains one of the better analysts of the game in India. If the decision to exclude him remains a long-term one, it would be interesting to see who will the BCCI replace someone like his caliber with.
(With inputs from timesnownews)