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BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary

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Jimbo:

--- Quote from: KW9221 on August 01, 2020, 09:48:00 PM ---Honestly, if it was coming from ST I wouldn’t mind him saying it. But what has he accomplished himself that he is criticizing one of the best alrounders in the world today.

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Uninformed or ignorant commentary is uninformed and ignorant regardless of who is delivering it. Same goes for intelligent, thoughtful commentary. Some of the best commentators have been poor cricketers and vice versa.

potzy248:
Would only happen in India. I don't agree with Manjrekar's comments but we certainly don't want watered down commentary whenever anyone is calling an Indian game for fear of losing one's job. So many cry babies in Pro sport these days.

Jeff Navarro:

--- Quote from: potzy248 on August 02, 2020, 05:17:55 AM ---Would only happen in India. I don't agree with Manjrekar's comments but we certainly don't want watered down commentary whenever anyone is calling an Indian game for fear of losing one's job. So many cry babies in Pro sport these days.

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I’m not sure Jadeja is a ‘crybaby’, Manjrekar’s treatment towards him is borderline bullying. In fact he’s previously ridiculed Jadeja for his lack of English as well.

In fact manjrekar has frequently targeted Pant as well.

Manjrekar is just unprofessional and doesn’t deserve to be involved in the game.

brokenbat:

--- Quote from: potzy248 on August 02, 2020, 05:17:55 AM ---Would only happen in India. I don't agree with Manjrekar's comments but we certainly don't want watered down commentary whenever anyone is calling an Indian game for fear of losing one's job. So many cry babies in Pro sport these days.

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Agree - they force commentators to only sing praises. This is exactly why Ian Chappell has refused offers from the BCCI.

https://m.hindustantimes.com/cricket/ian-chappell-snubs-bcci-won-t-do-commentary-on-india-aus-series/story-S0JxMiDhjyl3o45QDzG2hM.html

“Ian Chappell snubs BCCI, won’t do commentary on India-Aus series
For the Board of Control for Cricket in India, it’s not been about choosing the best names for the commentator’s job. The diktat of the Board, which rarely tolerates criticism, is clear: “Those who agree to the terms of the Board will get the job.” Firoz Mirza reports.

 ian chappell,BCCI,BCCI rules for commentary
Updated: Oct 08, 2013 10:39 IST
By Firoz Mirza , Hindustan Times
When fans switch on their television sets during the limited overs series between Australia and India, they will only get to hear the slanted opinion of experts, who will include some big names in the game.

For the Board of Control for Cricket in India, it’s not been about choosing the best names for the commentator’s job. The diktat of the Board, which rarely tolerates criticism, is clear: “Those who agree to the terms of the Board will get the job.”

According to it, commentators must not criticise the India team selection, its opposition of the Decision Review System or speak on the Board’s administrative matters. Given the emoluments, few would refuse to toe the line.

But straight-talking Ian Chappell, the former Australia captain, has proved an exception. In an era of BCCI’s ‘paid commentary’ policy, listening to Chappell providing insight into the game would have been a welcome relief. However, fans will not be able to hear the man, who refused to accept BCCI’s strict dos and don’ts for the commentators.

Chappell, who once didn’t even hesitate to take on Don Bradman when the latter was the Australia board chief, declined the offer from host broadcaster ESPN for commentating in the series, refusing to accept BCCI’s terms and conditions.


“I was invited by ESPN to do commentary. I emailed back asking who I was working for and the reply was; I was contracted by ESPN but I would be subject to BCCI restrictions,” Chappell told HT in an e-mail interaction.

“I emailed back to ask what these restrictions were and was told; ‘I couldn’t talk about Indian selection, DRS or administrative matters. I responded saying I didn’t feel I could do my job properly under those circumstances and therefore declined the offer.

Although Mathew Hayden is said to have replaced him, Chappell said he was unaware of that.

“I’m not sure what happened with other commentators. It wasn’t a matter of being asked to sign anything - it never reached that stage,” he concluded.

Generally, there’s a policy among all TV networks not to be too harsh on issues that will harm their brand, but the Indian board’s policy is strict to the extent of embarrassing itself.

The biggest example came when the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal broke.

The day the controversy surfaced, fans watched in disgust as the commentators refused to utter a word on the issue on the official channel.“

InternalTraining:
I have mixed feelings about this...

All the one sided praise just leaves out any  room for objectivity and sometimes I just want people to tell it like it is.

So, tell it like it is folks, don't sugar coat things.

When it comes to cricket commentary, I just feel that Australians are the best! They speak their mind and are extremely informed about the sport (technicalities, facts, figures) and don't mince words. I like that. Singing praises of every cricketer like it is a love song just sounds fake and phony, ultimately boring.

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