Cricket - Featured - August 7, 2020

If unwittingly, I’ve offended anyone I’d be happy to apologise to the concerned party: Sanjay Manjrekar

Following the commentary snub by the BCCI, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar says he is willing to apologize for a remark that might have offended someone.

BCCI rejects Sanjay Manjrekar plea to reinstate him on commentary team

Five months ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had sacked former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar from their elite commentary panel. Sanjay Manjrekar had written a plea to the BCCI for reinstating him on the commentary panel for IPL 2020 in the UAE but the Board snubbed it.

According to the news outlet Mumbai Mirror Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik were approached by the BCCI through mail to ascertain their availability for the 53-day tournament.

Speaking with Indian Express, the 55-year-old said he had been told by a BCCI official that “some players had an issue with me as a commentator”.

“Respected members of the Apex Council, hope you all keeping well. You are already in receipt of the email I sent to explain my position as a commentator. With the IPL dates announced, bcci.tv will pick its commentary panel soon. I will be happy to work as per the guidelines laid by you. After all, we are working on what is essentially your production. Last time maybe there was not enough clarity on this issue. Thanks very much, Regards,” Manjrekar wrote in the email, a copy of which was leaked.

“I have made peace with the concerned player,” says Sanjay Manjrekar

Calling Ravindra Jadeja a “bits-and-pieces player” during the 2019 ICC World Cup might have been the reason for him getting sacked.

Sanjay Manjrekar added that having a private conversation with Ravindra Jadeja helped overcome the jolt and make peace with it. “You will see how benign it is when you hear it in the right context. The player concerned obviously misunderstood this or was perhaps misinformed. By the way, the player and I have since privately made peace over this issue.”

In the letter to the BCCI, he also stated that if he is reinstated to the commentary panel, he would abide by all the rules set.

“So, really, this sacking for whatever reason has shaken my confidence as a professional. If unwittingly, I have offended anyone I would be happy to apologise to the concerned party,” Manjrekar concluded.

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