The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) has finalised seven Indian commentators for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). And the most notable omission from list is former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. The former cricketer-turned-commentator was a part of the IPL commentary panel since the inaugural season in 2008 but has missed out this time around.
The seven commentators who have been picked for the world-feed broadcast are Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle and Anjum Chopra, according to Mumbai Mirror.
Dasgupta and Kartik have been placed in the panel for Abu Dhabi matches while the rest have been place in the panels for Dubai and Sharjah games. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai are the three venues for this year’s IPL. Dubai and Abu Dhabi will host 21 games each with Sharjah getting 14 games of the league stage. The venue for the playoff has not been finalised yet.
The commentators will be divided into three panels and will be placed in two bubbles – one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. The commentators will leave for UAE on September 10. Dasgupta and Kartik were to leave for Abu Dhabi on Friday but with the UAE government relaxing the quarantine period from 14 to seven days, the two will fly with the rest.
Sanjay Manjrekar unlikely for IPL:
As per the report, not much is not known about Sanjay Manjrekar but he is unlikely to be re-hired by the BCCI. He was sensationally sacked by the BCCI earlier this year in March. The BCCI had removed him just before the ODI series against South Africa which was eventually called off in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
About a month ago, Sanjay Manjrekar had requested the BCCI to take him back as a commentator for the upcoming IPL but the Indian cricket board has made it clear it is not keen on rehiring him.
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