Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar has sent an email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) urging the board to reinstate him as a commentator for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The IPL is slated to be commence on September 19 and the final is expected to be played on November 8 this year.
In the mail written by Manjrekar, he has said that he is willing to work according to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the BCCI. In the letter, Sanjay wrote: “I will be happy to work as per the guidelines laid by you. After all, we are working on what is essentially your production.”
In March this year, Manjrekar was removed the commentary panel by the Indian board. Last year, he was severely criticized for calling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as a “bits and pieces cricketer” during the 2019 World Cup. Jadeja also went on to say that Manjrekar was suffering from verbal-diarrhea.
The last nail in Manjrekar’s coffin was when he had an on-air spat with another commentator Harsha Bhogle. During India”s inaugural day-night Test against Bangladesh, he went on to say that Bhogle failed to possess enough knowledge about the pink-ball as he has never played professional cricket.
However, Manjrekar had issued an apology on both occasions.
Talkin about his removal from the commentary panel, Sanjay Manjrekar had said, “I have always considered commentary as 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.”