The BCCI has reportedly not sent any mail to Sanjay Manjrekar while asking other regular commentators to be ready to leave early for UAE for this year’s IPL. The thirteenth edition of the tournament is set to get underway on September 19 with the final scheduled to take place on November 10.
The IPL Governing Council confirmed the dates on Sunday after their meeting. Last month, Sanjay Manjrekar had sent an e-mail to the BCCI, issuing an apology and requesting the board to take him back in the commentary panel. The former India batsman was sacked by the BCCI earlier this year in March just before the home ODI series against South Africa.
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According to Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI has sent mails to Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik and Harsha Bhogle, seeking their availability for the upcoming season of the IPL 2020. The regular overseas commentators have been contacted too for the same.
However, there is no immediate indication if a similar mail has gone to Sanjay Manjrekar. At the same time, the report stated that it might not be easy for the BCCI to leave him out given his wealth of experience and expertise beside his abundant knowledge of Indian cricket. Last year, immediately after taking over as BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly had said that the board will engage with more Indian commentators than foreigners.
In general, the BCCI forms at least three teams, each comprising at least 5-6 commentators for the world feed. There is a chance that in each team there would be at least two Indian commentators. Considering the fact that only four for the world feed may not be enough, it may be difficult for the board to leave Sanjay Manjrekar out. But going by the recent turn of events, one also cannot say that Sanjay Manjrekar will be in the panel for the upcoming tournament.
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