Before the official COVID-19 lockdown in India, it was learned that former Indian cricketer and a well-known commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was sacked by the BCCI from the commentary panel. Manjrekar had been under the striking lines for his various critical statements because of his vocal nature. He was not included in the commentary panel for the ODI series against South Africa that got suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
During the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, Manjrekar controversially termed Ravindra Jadeja as ‘bits and pieces’ player due to which the former faced the heat on the social media from the fans. In the Test match in Nagpur 2019, Manjrekar was once again involved in a controversial discussion with commentary panel mate Harsha Bhogle where Manjrekar was critical over the latter not having played cricket.
It was being reported that these controversies were the major reason for Manjrekar’s sacking from the commentary panel. However, a recent report states that he did not follow the guidelines set by the BCCI during his commentary stint. Manjrekar reportedly spoke about BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s conflict of interest issue.
“Manjrekar was quite vocal last year when Ganguly was engulfed in the conflict of interest controversy. Back then the former Indian skipper had been holding multiple posts – including that of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and mentor of the Delhi Capitals team,” the source said.
“All the claims are false that says Ganguly has been on a witch-hunt since becoming the BCCI boss, or that he has been pushing his detractors out of the board,” other source added.
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