Sanjay Manjrekar set to return to commentary panel for India tour of Australia
The veteran was dropped by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from the commentary team of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is set to return to the commentary panel for India’s tour of Australia, starting November 27. The veteran was dropped by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from the commentary team of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Manjrekar had stated that he would be ‘happy to apologise’ and that the sacking had ‘shaken my confidence’. Also, was a ‘big jolt.’ In this communication accessed by The Indian Express, Manjrekar noted that he was told by a BCCI official on phone that he was sacked because ‘some players had an issue with me as a commentator.’
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It has been speculated that Manjrekar was removed from the panel as a result of his comment calling Ravindra Jadeja a “bits-and-pieces player” during last year’s ODI World Cup and the subsequent reactions from fans and the player himself were an important trigger in him losing his job.
However, in the 22-man commentary panel for India’s full-fledged tour, Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN), on Thursday, included his name.
India’s campaign starts on Friday with the ODI series followed by the T20I series. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to get underway on December 17. The Indian players are currently in Sydney quarantining and training after the IPL ended in Dubai.