Former Test batsman and noted commentator Sanjay Manjrekar's absence from the BCCI's world feed commentary panel for the recent ODI series against South Africa has raised quite a few eyebrows. (More Cricket News)
Manjrekar, one of the most accomplished voices among Indian experts got embroiled in controversies in recent years for some of his views on air, but not having him in the world feed team has surprised many.
"Yes, he wasn't a part of the panel for this series but it doesn't mean that during the next series, he won't be there. I don't know what exactly was the trigger," a senior BCCI official, in the know of things, told PTI.
Hashtag #SanjayManjrekar was one of the top trends in India on Saturday with fans digging up old tweets and reactions featuring BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
Here are some reactions:
And those heroes like Javed Akhtar & Naseeruddin Shah have only given scorn & disrespect to us in return.— Woke Liberal (@workingboxwala) March 14, 2020
WE ARE our secular tradition, not our virtue signalling heroes we have made.
Also good riddance Sanjay Manjrekar#sanjaymanjrekar https://t.co/OO3CUEiT6N
I never liked Sanjay Manjrekar’s commentary & for especially being openly biased towards Mumbai cricketers and others. But if he is being let go for expressing his political view, then I am with him in this. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ#sanjaymanjrekar— Mal-Lee (@MallikarjunaNH) March 14, 2020
He is a true Maratha.. Will not lick fret of BCCI and players for sake of money... Support..#sanjaymanjrekar— Manish Patil (@ManishP077) March 14, 2020
#SanjayManjrekar removed by BCCI, He has -— Dhoni & Virat Real FCðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ (@DhoniAndKohli) March 14, 2020
âÂÂÂÂÂÂ made a sly tweet on Saurav Ganguly, insinuating that he doesn't let other commentators speak
âÂÂÂÂÂÂ called Jadeja a bits and pieces player
âÂÂÂÂÂÂ disrespected Harsha Bhogle by saying I know cricket because I have PLAYED it unlike #Harsha pic.twitter.com/T3uyuHEyuT
Normally there are two sets of commentators -- one employed by the BCCI and known as the 'World feed' team while the other is the team comprising hosts broadcaster (in this case Star).
The 54-year-old Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India, had courted controversy during last year's World Cup when he termed Ravindra Jadeja a "bits and pieces cricketer", something that didn't go well with the Saurashtra all-rounder, who questioned the Mumbaikar's cricketing credentials.
Manjrekar later admitted that he was off the mark with his unsavoury analysis of Jadeja's cricketing prowess.
He was also panned on social media for his on-air comment about fellow commentator Harsha Bhogle during the 'Pink Test' when he questioned the latter's credibility since he hasn't played at the highest level. Manjrekar had to apologise for that also.
(With PTI inputs)