Sanjay Manjrekar has failed to convince the BCCI to re-hire him as commentator for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the cricket board finalised seven Indian commentators for the tournament. IPL 2020 is scheduled to be played from September 19 to November 10 in UAE. But Sanjay Manjrekar will have to enjoy the tournament from India.
According to Mumbai Mirror, not much is known about Sanjay Manjrekar but the BCCI is unlikely to re-hire the former batsman-turned-commentator. Known for making bold comments, Sanjay Manjrekar was sensationally sacked by the BCCI earlier this year in March. The BCCI had removed him just before the ODI series against South Africa which was eventually called off in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A few weeks ago, Sanjay Manjrekar had requested the BCCI to take him back as a commentator for the upcoming IPL but the Indian cricket board has made it clear it is not keen on rehiring him. Not seeing Sanjay Manjrekar in the IPL commentary panel will be a new experience for the fans as the former India international was a part of the panel since the inaugural season in 2008.
The Indian commentators who are part of the panel for IPL 2020 are Sunil Gavaskar, L Sivaramakrishnan, Murali Kartik, Deep Dasgupta, Rohan Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle and Anjum Chopra. Dasgupta and Kartik have been placed in the panel for Abu Dhabi matches while the rest have been place in the panels for Dubai and Sharjah games.
Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai are the three venues for this year’s IPL. Dubai and Abu Dhabi will host 21 games each with Sharjah getting 14 games of the league stage. The venue for the playoff has not been finalised yet.
The commentators will be divided into three panels and will be placed in two bubbles – one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. The commentators will leave for UAE on September 10. Dasgupta and Kartik were to leave for Abu Dhabi on Friday but with the UAE government relaxing the quarantine period from 14 to seven days, the two will fly with the rest.