Former India wicket-keeper Chandrakant Pandit feels Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ought to reconsider decision to axe former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar from the commentary panel. Manjrekar, who has been a daily characteristic within the commentary field throughout India’s house matches for the previous couple of years or so, is now anticipated be excluded from IPL 2020 too, which has been postponed until April 15, from its scheduled begin of March 29 due to the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus.
Manjrekar was reportedly not current in Dharamsala in the course of the first ODI between India and South Africa, which was washed out with no ball being bowled. Other BCCI panel commentators Sunil Gavaskar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, and Murali Kartik had been, nevertheless, current on the venue.
Pandit, who performed 5 Tests and 36 ODIs for India, jumped into the defence of Manjrekar and acknowledged he can not carry any hurt to anybody and likewise he simply speaks his thoughts as he sees issues.
“I know him since childhood. He is not a man who can bring harm to someone. He is a straightforward person, which is something I always admired about him. A person who tells you the truth on your face is never liked by anybody,” Chandrakant Pandit informed The Times of India.
“As a commentator, he has to sometimes say things which may be not be liked by all. He can’t say things that please people, just to keep his job,” Pandit was quoted as saying by TOI.
“Sanjay isn’t against anyone. I don’t need to blame anyone for his elimination, however I request the board to have a rethink about its decision. I’m saying this as a result of all of the commentators give inputs in regards to the sport that are useful to not solely younger cricketers but in addition coaches like us.
Pandit, who was coach of Vidarbha workforce that received again to again Ranji Trophy titles in 2018 and 2019, additionally urged that BCCI and Manjrekar can discover a center floor to nonetheless working collectively.
“He might sound harsh at instances, however the BCCI can ask him to tone down his language, however don’t throw him out of the occupation,” he added.
“Many people like listening to straightforward views, If a batsman plays a bad shot in a crucial situation, then he has to say that on air. What’s wrong in that?”
After information broke out relating to his axe, Manjrekar took to social media to settle for BCCI’s decision and wrote: ““I have always considered commentary as a great privilege, but never an entitlement. It is up to my employers whether they choose to have me or not & I will always respect that,” he mentioned.
The former proper-handed batsman added: “Maybe BCCI has not been happy with my performance of late. I accept that as a professional.”