Noted commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has requested the BCCI to include him in the commentary panel for IPL 2020. He was sacked by the board in March.
Manjrekar had been removed from the commentary panel just before the India-South Africa series earlier this year which was eventually cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, reports suggested that Manjrekar was sacked due to his “bits and pieces” comments on India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. “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. 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 wrote in the email according to a report in the Times of India.
Manjrekar invited criticism when he called Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces’ player in an interview during the 2019 World Cup. The matter drew much attention after the all-rounder hit back at the cricket expert. The two have buried the hatchet as Jadeja also commented on Manjrekar’s tweet earlier this year. During the historic pink-ball Test against Bangladesh last year, Manjrekar was criticised when he questioned Harsha Bhogle’s credentials. Bhogle didn’t play domestic cricket but he is one of the most respected cricket commentators and is also regarded as the voice of Indian cricket. Interestingly, BCCI had also sacked Bhogle in 2016. He made his return a year later.
Now that Manjrekar has written the board twice, it remains to be seen whether the BCCI includes him in the commentary panel.