Netizens have a field day on Twitter after BCCI sacks Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary panel

Netizens have a field day on Twitter after BCCI sacks Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary panel

He was not the part of the panel for the first India vs South Africa ODI in Dharamsala.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Former Indian batsman-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has been dropped from the panel of the commentary team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Manjrekar did not travel to Dharamsala for the first One-day International between India and South Africa, and may well find himself out of the reckoning, as far as calling the Indian Premier League (IPL) is concerned.

Manjrekar, who played international cricket for India between 1987-1996, has a long celebrated career in broadcasting. The right-hander has commentated in almost every single World Cup since 1999 and has been one of the constants in the Indian commentary teams.

Commenting on the development, a BCCI source revealed, that Sanjay Manjrekar may be left out from the IPL panel too as they are seemingly not so impressed with the commentator’s work. “Maybe he will be left out from the IPL panel too. At this stage, it is not on top of our mind. But the fact is they are not happy with his work,” said a BCCI source.

Manjrekar made a controversial comment regarding Ravindra Jadeja

Coming back to Sanjay Manjrekar’s commentary career thus far, the former middle-order batsman used to be the face of the Ten Network in the early 2000s where he covered many a series- especially in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The year 2009 proved to be significant for the Mumbaikar as he made a switch from TEN to the Star Sports Network during the second edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in England.

Since then, Manjrekar has been a constant in almost every Indian game- irrespective of where they play-, ICC events like the 50-over, T20 and U19 World Cups and Champions Trophy and of-course the IPL. Sanjay Manjrekar is famous or rather infamous for his blunt comments, which in recent times has landed him in a hot soup.

The former cricketer was embroiled in a controversy when he termed Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as a ‘bits and pieces’ cricketer. That comment did not go down with Jadeja and the all-rounder took to Twitter to lambast him, saying that he has had enough of his ‘verbal diarrhoea’.

Manjrekar soon found himself in another controversy when he got engaged in a heated debate with fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle, where he taunted the latter for his non-cricketing background.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: