Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who has earned some infamy bullying cricketers and even other sportspersons, has ‘accepted’ the decision of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to remove him from its panel of commentators. He posted his reaction to the development, using his Twitter handle, on 15 March.
Manjrekar wrote on Twitter, “I have always considered commentary as (sic) a great privilege, but never an entitlement. It is up to my employers whether they choose to have me or not & I will always respect that. Maybe BCCI has not been happy with my performance of late. I accept that as a professional.”
The BCCI had last week excluded Manjrekar from the commentary panel of the ODI series against South Africa, a decision it later acknowledged before the media.
Not a single match of this series could be conducted. Rains washed out the first match of the three-match ODI series against South Africa. After this, the second ODI was to be played in Lucknow on 15 March. The third ODI on 18 March in Kolkata was cancelled too later due to the outbreak of coronavirus in India, which could aggravate when thousands of people assemble at a place.
Earlier, media reports had been quoted saying that Manjerkar had been removed from the commentary panel by the BCCI. Sources associated with the board confirmed this.
However, it is not clear what caused Manjrekar’s exclusion. He also not present during the Dharamshala ODI between India and South Africa while Sunil Gavaskar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Karthik were present on the BCCI commentary panel.
Manjrekar had been in the news for all the wrong reasons like calling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces player” during the World Cup 2019 last year. Manjrekar had questioned the commitment of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to matches India played while saying that the former captain of Team India played better for his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
While Jadeja in the semifinal match against New Zealand gave a befitting reply to Manjrekar by playing an innings of 77 runs, tennis player Sania Mirza had hit back on the very day she was trolled, saying she did not deem it necessary to mention she was a doubles player because she had quit singles some years ago.