Sanjay Manjrekar responds to BCCI’s decision of dropping him from the commentary panel

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While the world is busy talking about coronavirus pandemic and its impact on sports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also made a big decision by dropping Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary panel. One of the most popular and discussed commentators, Manjrekar, was removed from the panel before the start of the recently-canceled ODI series between India and South Africa.

Reacting to his ouster from the BCCI commentary team, Manjrekar, on Sunday, said he accepted the decision as a professional.

“I have always considered commentary as a great privilege, but never an entitlement,” the 54-year-old wrote on his Twitter handle.

“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.”

Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India, had courted controversy during the last year’s World Cup when he termed Ravindra Jadeja a “bits and pieces cricketer”, something that didn’t go well with the Saurashtra all-rounder, who questioned the Mumbaikar’s cricketing credentials.

Manjrekar later admitted that he was off the mark with his unsavory analysis of Jadeja’s cricketing prowess.

The former India cricketer also invited a lot of criticism when he had an on-air argument with co-commentator Harsha Bhogle over the visibility of the pink ball during India’s first-ever day-night Test.

Manjrekar apologized to Bhogle during an interaction on ESPNCricinfo and added that 2019 was his ‘worst year’ as a commentator.

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