Ex-cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar has been a part of BCCI’s commentary panel ever since he bid adieu to the game in 1996. But Manjrekar has always been surrounded by controversies.
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The last time he hit headlines for wrong reasons was when he called Ravindra Jadeja, a ‘bits and pieces player’. Manjrekar also faced flak for questioning the credentials of Harsha Bhogle during the historic Pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata.
Cut to a couple of months later, he has been removed from the commentary panel by BCCI. The reason behind his exit has, however, not been told but HT reports that he was probably removed as BCCI was not happy with his work. Even BCCI president Sourav Ganguly once targeted Manjrekar in a cryptic tweet:
His comments on Twitter is a bit like his batting meaningless and and lack of ideas .. may be just an attention seeker…in the negative way 😂
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 9, 2019
“Maybe he will be left out from the IPL panel too. At this stage, it is not on top of our minds. But the fact is they are not happy with his work,” a source was quoted as saying by News 18.
He was reportedly absent during the first ODI between India and South Africa in Dharamshala which was washed without even a single ball bowled following rains. Other commentators were including Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik were present.
The news has come as a shock to many. But Indian cricket fans who were not really impressed with Manjrekar’s taunts and indecent commentary were happy that he’s been dropped.
The BCCI has removed Sanjay Manjrekar from their commentary pannel
The Happy person ryt now – pic.twitter.com/une0chhvfY
— THE | Epic Blogger | (@Kush_official_) March 14, 2020
DADA ON FIRE
BCCI has removed #SanjayManjrekar from their commentary panel. He wasn't part of India Vs SA commentary panel too, the BCCI is also planning on not to include him in the IPL commentary panel. According to them, they're unhappy with Sanjay's work.
— Shobhith Shetty (@shobhithshetty) March 14, 2020
— Bhatakta Tweet™ (@BhataktaTweet) March 14, 2020
— Manish-BarcaBoy-MCOC (@DJ_MnH) March 14, 2020
What a news to wake up to !!
— Abiwad (@Abiwad) March 14, 2020
— Trojan_Horse (@sampath0272) March 14, 2020
— Tejan Shrivastava (@BeingTeJan) March 14, 2020
Thanks to @BCCI for throwing out most irritating commentator from Indian side @sanjaymanjrekar . He was really a irritating and heavily biased guy and seriously I used to mute when he speaks or change to other language commentary if available. #SanjayManjrekar
— Proud Indian (@vivekcochin) March 14, 2020
U will be missed …….by meme makers :)) #sanjaymanjrekar
— Amit K Nanchahal – TogetherWeCan (@thecorpcommguy) March 14, 2020
— Abhijeet Deb (@abhijeetdeb) March 14, 2020
— _spocky_g (@MotuGoluCheese) March 14, 2020
Keeping his confrontations aside , purely on the basis of his commentry , this is good news. No more banal toned commentry of #sanjaymanjrekar , who always stated the obvious , and no insights.
— Nirmal Kotecha (@NimsKotecha) March 14, 2020
A good decision or unfair? What are your thoughts on the matter? Tell us!