Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian Cricketer and current commentator, has requested the BCCI to add him back to the commentary roster ahead of this year’s IPL.
Manjrekar was removed from the BCCI’s commentary panel earlier this year, in the month of March ahead of the India v South Africa ODI series, which had to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. There were reports that his sacking took place due to his ‘bits and pieces’ comment on Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
The Times of India reported that Manjrekar, who had sent an email earlier to the Apex Council members of the BCCI on the same subject, wrote in his second email, “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.”
A board official told the Times of India, “We should close this chapter now and forgive
Manjrekar. He has already apologised for his comments on Jadeja and sorted it out with the player concerned. He has promised us that he’ll stick to the ‘code of conduct’ for TV commentators. After all, he’s a fine commentator with massive cricketing knowledge.”
It is now down to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to take a final call on the future of Manjrekar’s commentary career.