Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 31 Jul 2020, 08:21:00 AM IST
Gaurav Gupta, Mumbai
Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar (Sanjay Manjrekar) has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to include him in the Commentary Panel for the IPL (BCCI Commentary Panel). Manjrekar was removed from his commentary panel before the India-South Africa series in March this year. However, this series was not done due to Covid-19. Now Manjrekar wants him to be included again in the commentary panel for the IPL to be held between September 19 and November 8.
In a mail to the board (copy of which is with our associate Times of India), the former Mumbai Ranji captain has assured the board that he will stick to the guidelines issued by the BCCI. In this regard, this second email has been sent by Manjrekar.
Manjrekar has written, 'Respected members of BCCI, hope you all are well. You may have received an email from me earlier in which I explained my role as a commentator. Now that the IPL dates have been announced, BCCITV will soon be choosing its commentary panel. I would be very happy to work under the guidelines you have set. After all, we are working under your production. Last time there was probably no clarity about this issue. Thank you, Best regards.
We tried to talk to Sanjay Manjrekar on this issue but he was not available.
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According to sources, during the World Cup last year, Manjrekar had made a comment about Ravindra Jadeja after which some players of Team India lodged a complaint with the BCCI. After which Manjrekar was removed from the commentary panel.
A board official said, “We end this thing here now and forgive Manjrekar.” He has apologized for his remarks on Jadeja and settled the issue with the player concerned. He has promised that he will follow the 'rules and regulations' set for TV commentators. After all, he is a good commentator and has a very deep understanding of cricket. The final decision on this matter will be taken by Board President Saurabh Ganguly and Secretary Jai Shah.
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