Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has reportedly been axed by the BCCI and won’t be a part of the commentary panel going forward. This would mean that the commentator won’t be present for his duties in the upcoming IPL which has been postponed to April 15.
Manjrekar, who has been an active cog in the commentary box when it comes to home matches was also one of the lead commentators in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
The 54-year-old was not present at Dharamshala for the first ODI between India and South Africa which was washed out without a ball being bowled. Meanwhile, the rest of the commentary panel including Sunil Gavaskar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik were present at the venue.
The reason behind Manjrekar’s sacking is yet to be revealed but it is being speculated that the authorities were not happy with his work. A source stated to Mumbai Mirror:
“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,”
Known to irk the fans and the players alike with his scathing commentary remarks and controversial tweets, Manjrekar was involved in numerous tussles with players and pundits alike which include the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Michael Vaughan.
The former cricketer had claimed Jadeja to be a “bits and pieces” cricketer which the all-rounder did not take too kindly. Jadeja responded by stating that he had enough of Manjrekar’s “verbal diarrhea”.
The former manager also earned the wrath of the cricket fans after undermining Harsha Bhogle by questioning his credentials. Although Manjrekar proceeded to apologize for the remarks, the damage was done and it was too little too late.
Manjrekar had claimed that the last year was his worst as a commentator and added:
“Of course. It was wrong and I say that because it was unprofessional and the first thing that I did was I had apologized to the producer that I was working for that it was wrong”,