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BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« on: August 01, 2020, 02:42:31 PM »

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29575717/sanjay-manjrekar-awaits-bcci-decision-reinstatement-commentary-panel

"The speculation around Manjrekar being dropped from the roster was that it had been a result of his calling Ravindra Jadeja a "bits-and-pieces cricketer" during an interview with a news agency last year, and he refers to the incident in his letter to the BCCI while pointing out that it was neither made on air, nor over Twitter. Jadeja had reacted to this comment through a tweet directed at Manjrekar, saying he was "tired of your verbal diarrhoea" and also gesticulated at the commentary box when he made a fifty during last year's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Following that, and an aggressive backlash from fans, Manjrekar had acknowledged on the post-match broadcast that Jadeja had "ripped him apart on all fronts" and proved him wrong."

Zero tolerance for criticism I guess..
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 02:50:33 PM »

Literally the most delusional and biased commentator Ive had the misfortune to listen to. He seems to think cricket revolves around Bombay. Anyone else is unworthy. Glad I wont have to listen him or Shastri.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 07:13:13 PM »

Jadaja is a quality performer. He would walk into most test and odi teams.
BCCI is what is it, I would expect nothing less from them.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 07:21:36 PM »

"Bits and pieces" is a strange description for a player who is a genuinely world class fielder, tidy spinner and very useful lower middle order bat with 3 first class triple tons.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 09:48:00 PM »

"Bits and pieces" is a strange description for a player who is a genuinely world class fielder, tidy spinner and very useful lower middle order bat with 3 first class triple tons.
Honestly, if it was coming from ST I wouldnt 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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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 11:33:19 PM »

Honestly, if it was coming from ST I wouldnt mind him saying it. But what has he accomplished himself that he is criticizing one of the best alrounders in the world today.

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.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #6 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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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2020, 10:10:22 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.
Im not sure Jadeja is a crybaby, Manjrekars treatment towards him is borderline bullying. In fact hes previously ridiculed Jadeja for his lack of English as well.

In fact manjrekar has frequently targeted Pant as well.

Manjrekar is just unprofessional and doesnt deserve to be involved in the game.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2020, 02:04:20 PM »

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.

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, wont do commentary on India-Aus series
For the Board of Control for Cricket in India, its not been about choosing the best names for the commentators 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.

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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, its not been about choosing the best names for the commentators 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 Boards 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 BCCIs 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 BCCIs strict dos and donts for the commentators.

Chappell, who once didnt 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 BCCIs 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 couldnt talk about Indian selection, DRS or administrative matters. I responded saying I didnt 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.

Im not sure what happened with other commentators. It wasnt a matter of being asked to sign anything - it never reached that stage, he concluded.

Generally, theres a policy among all TV networks not to be too harsh on issues that will harm their brand, but the Indian boards 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.


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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2020, 04:58:09 PM »

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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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2020, 07:17:23 PM »

Im not sure Jadeja is a crybaby, Manjrekars treatment towards him is borderline bullying. In fact hes previously ridiculed Jadeja for his lack of English as well.

In fact manjrekar has frequently targeted Pant as well.

Manjrekar is just unprofessional and doesnt deserve to be involved in the game.

Borderline bullying for calling him a "bits and pieces" player? Losing your job for that?

Here's an idea. When someone calls you something, ignore it like an adult and professional sportsman instead of tweeting about it and then saluting him during an international match. He acted like a petulant child and shown his millions of fans that when you are offended by something just sulk and complain about it until that person is punished.

Like I said. I don't agree that Jadeja is a bits and pieces player. I think he's an awesome player, just a bit sulky in this instance.
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Re: BCCI fires Sanjay Manjrekar from commentary
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2020, 11:18:18 PM »

Borderline bullying for calling him a "bits and pieces" player? Losing your job for that?

Here's an idea. When someone calls you something, ignore it like an adult and professional sportsman instead of tweeting about it and then saluting him during an international match. He acted like a petulant child and shown his millions of fans that when you are offended by something just sulk and complain about it until that person is punished.

Like I said. I don't agree that Jadeja is a bits and pieces player. I think he's an awesome player, just a bit sulky in this instance.
I dont think Manjrekar was sacked over the bits and pieces comments tbh. Its more the taunting over Jadeja being uneducated and the barbs regarding his non English.

But either way why would an employee of the BCCI continually attack one of their premier players? Manjrekar just a narrow minded idiot imo.
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