5 Commentators who were axed for weird reasons

Being a commentator is a tough job.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo by Stu Forster-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Iconic moments in sports are ascribed to the players involved in it, and rightly so. But the commentators also play a major role in defining the glory of the player. Tony Greig to Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri to Indian cricket or Ray Hudson to Lionel Messi- the commentator tattoos the moment in the heart of the fans. The memorabilia of the historic jiffies are incomplete without a competent person calling the action.

Being a commentator is a tough job. The insights, the choice of words, the timing of the words, all through the chaos of live sport make it a challenging profession. Just like all professionals in the world, commentators also make mistakes. Some of the mistakes can be let go, but not all. There have been incidences of commentators making unacceptable comments on-air and having been severely reprimanded for it- sometimes even axed from their jobs.

Here we look at 5 cricket commentators who were dropped because of their on-air comments

1. Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas
Mark Nicholas. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Mark Nicholas is a renowned English cricket commentator who captained Hampshire from 1985 to 1995. Nicholas may have not played international cricket, but he has been in the broadcasting field for over 20 years. He also replaced the great Richie Benaud as Channel Nine’s ‘face of cricket’.

But he faced a lull in his illustrious commentating career in 2005. Channel Nine left out Nicholas from a “pretty full” commentary box. Graeme Koos, the executive producer of Nine’s cricket coverage gave a vaguely worded statement about the exclusion of Nicholas, “We just felt we’ve got a pretty full commentary roster, and to bring Mark in meant someone else gets pushed out and that’s a difficult thing. Still, these things can change,” Koos told Sydney Morning Herald.

He was reinstated soon and has been covering most of England’s cricket. In November 2016 he published an autobiography, A Beautiful Game: My Love Affair with Cricket. He also co-wrote Shane Warne’s autobiography, No Spin.


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