The BCCI has reportedly sacked Sanjay Manjrekar from its commentary panel. The former India batsman is one of the most experienced and popular commentators in the game right now but the Indian cricket was reportedly not happy with his work and thus decided to drop him.
Sanjay Manjrekar was not in Dharamsala for the first ODI between India and South Africa which was eventually washed out without a ball being bowled. On Friday, the BCCI called off the entire series due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sanjay Manjrekar was on the circuit as a commentator for a long time. The former India batsman was part of the commentary panel for the last three World Cups and almost all ICC events since bringing down curtains on his illustrious career. According to Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI is also planning not to include him in the IPL commentary panel.
“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.
The decision comes after a turbulent 2019 for Sanjay Manjrekar where he landed in some big controversies. He first called Ravindra Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer and then a few months later questioned the credentials of fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle. He, however, had apologized for both of his comments later on.
While the news must have come as a shock to Sanjay Manjrekar, a number of fans were happy with it. Sanjay Manjrekar divides opinion like no other commentator and the fans’ reaction to his sacking made it pretty clear. Most of the fans expressed their delight over the news.
Here are some of the reactions:
BCCI is taking care of commentary virus.. https://t.co/9str7H1ngF
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 14, 2020
I don't know how true this news is about Sanjay Manjrekar being sacked from the commentary panel by BCCI, if it's true then may be not corona but at least we succeeded in curing the other kind of virus.
— Harsh Raikar (@anxiharsh) March 14, 2020
Sanjay Manjrekar has been dropped from the commentary panel by the BCCI and might not be a part of #IPL2020 as well.
As they say.. YOU NEVER MESS WITH DADA.. The Bengal tiger always strikes back.. #SanjayManjrekar #BCCI #SouravGanguly #Dadagiri pic.twitter.com/M7jUvuiRFO
— Abhishek Maaruthi (@AMaaruthi) March 14, 2020
In all this news of corona, there's one happy piece of news, sanjay Manjrekar is no longer going to fill my ears with nonsense during cricket matches
— Ali E (@AliE89090667) March 14, 2020
"Sanjay Manjrekar axed from BCCI’s commentary panel, may not be included in IPL 2020: Report"…Finally BCCI has realised the reason for their Revenue loss during year end Audit 😀@KyaUkhaadLega@Trendulkar
— bgx (@imbhagasra) March 14, 2020
After long time a very Good job by @BCCI sacking this shit head @sanjaymanjrekar from the panel. @mipaltan winning matches won’t hurt anymore
Romba thanks bhuvi #CSK #MI @ChennaiIPL @IPL @IPLselfie #IPLT20 #IPL #IPLpostponed #IPL2020 https://t.co/Ao33ExdpFH pic.twitter.com/6mbgthuAQ7
— Stay home, wear mask 😷 (@cric_women) March 14, 2020
Hearing that Sanjay Manjrekar has been dropped from BCCI commentary panel. Priceless news this is for all cricket fans 👌👌
— Hari Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) March 14, 2020
— venkat bobba 🇮🇳🇦🇺 (@1301313A) March 14, 2020
Amidst all the chaos happening around the world , finally there's some good news for Cricket lovers across the globe. An extremely intolerable commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has been axed from BCCI commentary panel.. 😃#sanjaymanjrekar#bcci#CoronaOutbreak
— Hemant Shardul (@HeyShardul) March 14, 2020
— Dhiraj Srivastava (@Dhiraj_Ruler) March 14, 2020