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‘If we’re not seen praising iconic gamers, followers are inclined to assume that we’re antagonistic’

Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Up to date: August 1, 2020 3:29:20 pm





Sanjay Manjrekar Sanjay Manjrekar (File)

5 months after he was faraway from the BCCI commentary panel, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has written to Board president Sourav Ganguly and different members of the Apex Council explaining his place and providing to apologise “if I’ve offended anybody.”

Manjrekar acknowledged that he could be “blissful to apologise” and that the sacking has “shaken my confidence” and was a “massive jolt”. On this communication accessed by The Indian Specific, Manjrekar famous that he was informed by a BCCI official on telephone that he was sacked as a result of “some gamers had a problem with me as a commentator”.

The mail was a precursor to a different letter the previous batsman wrote to Board officers requesting his reinstatement within the commentary panel for the upcoming version of the Indian Premier League – probably to be held within the United Arab Emirates – and promising to abide by the rules set by the BCCI.

“You might be already in receipt of the e-mail I despatched to elucidate my place as commentator. With the IPL dates introduced, bcci.television will decide its commentary panel quickly. I will likely be blissful to work as per the rules laid by you. In spite of everything, we’re engaged on what is basically your manufacturing. Final time, possibly there was not sufficient readability on this problem,” he wrote.

It has been speculated that Manjrekar was faraway from the panel because of his remark calling Ravindra Jadeja a “bits-and-pieces participant” throughout final 12 months’s ODI World Cup and the next reactions from followers and the participant himself have been an essential set off in him dropping his job.

On July Three final 12 months, Jadeja had tweeted his ire at Manjrekar’s feedback: “Nonetheless, I’ve performed twice the variety of matches you might have performed and I’m nonetheless taking part in. Study to respect ppl who’ve achieved. I’ve heard sufficient of your verbal diarrhea @Sanjaymanjrekar”.

After his half-century within the World Cup semi-final towards New Zealand, Jadeja had gesticulated angrily in the direction of the commentary studio. The official Twitter deal with of the ICC posted a video of a post-match dialogue involving Manjrekar. “By bits and by items, he simply ripped me aside as we speak. Bits of items of sheer brilliance, he proved me all mistaken,” he had mentioned that day.

In his first mail to Board officers, Manjrekar additionally flagged the perils of being a commentator in these instances. “If we’re not seen praising the enduring gamers on a regular basis, the followers of these gamers are inclined to assume that we’re antagonistic in the direction of the gamers they worship … Anybody who has adopted my profession as a commentator would know that I’ve no malicious agenda towards anybody and that my opinions come from a really pure place that I maintain sacred. It’s cricket we’re speaking about, a sport that’s given me and my father a lot,” Manjrekar acknowledged. “I used to be enormously harm! Particularly as a result of this got here as an actual shock!” he added.

Manjrekar reiterated his willingness to apologise. “So, actually, this sacking for no matter cause, has shaken my confidence as knowledgeable. If unwittingly, I’ve offended anybody I might be blissful to apologise to the involved occasion.”

Manjrekar, sanjay Manjrekar BCCI Sanjay Manjrekar has additionally clarified about Ravindra Jadeja incident. (File)

Manjrekar additionally introduced up the Jadeja problem in nice element in his e-mail to the Apex Council, attaching an audio file of his feedback. “You will note how benign it’s whenever you hear it in proper context”. He additionally wrote, “The participant involved clearly misunderstood this or was maybe misinformed. By the way in which, the participant and I’ve since privately made peace over this problem.”

He acknowledged that the remark was not made throughout commentary however in an interview. “Please observe this remark was not made by me on Twitter or in commentary, it was in an audio interview to a information company… that acquired blown out of proportion. It was made as part of an extended media interview however sadly was made into an eye catching headline by only one web site and the participant reacted sharply to it on Twitter. This acquired the problem the traction it didn’t deserve. ‘Bits-and-pieces’ is a cricketing time period generally used for cricketers who’re non-specialists. It’s recurrently utilized by commentators to explain sure gamers and it’s by no means thought-about to be demeaning.”

In his e-mail, Manjrekar listed out his standing as a commentator till he was “instantly not discovered ok”. “Till this second I had been the main commentator on the BCCI panel for a few years fulfilling a few of the largest duties there are in stay broadcasting: lead commentator, post-match awards presenter, internet hosting the toss, doing participant interviews and sure, impromptu BCCI capabilities on floor too. I’m additionally one of many first Indian commentators that will get rostered for the World Cups by the ICC. I did my job with nice satisfaction and a 100 per cent dedication and instantly not discovered to be ok to be within the panel was a giant jolt.”

Excerpts from Manjrekar’s e-mail to BCCI

Expensive esteemed members of the Apex Council,

In February 2020, fully out of the blue, I used to be informed by Dev Shriyan, the pinnacle of manufacturing, BCCI Television, that I used to be being faraway from the commentary panel.

I’ve publicly maintained that — “the BCCI are my employers and so they have each proper to both have me or not, of their commentary panel. I’ve by no means thought-about being on a commentary panel an entitlement.”

However right here, amongst a small circle of essential stakeholders of Indian cricket, buddies and colleagues, please enable me to open my coronary heart.

I used to be enormously harm! Particularly as a result of this got here as an actual shock!

I did my job with nice satisfaction and a 100 % dedication and instantly not discovered to be ok to be within the panel was a giant jolt.

Later I used to be informed on telephone by a senior workplace bearer that some gamers had a problem with me as a commentator . Now right here is the place our job will get a bit tough.

If we’re not seen praising the enduring gamers on a regular basis, the followers of these gamers are inclined to assume that we’re antagonistic in the direction of the gamers they worship. That’s the skilled hazard now we have to stay with doing our job. Anybody who has adopted my profession as a commentator would know that I’ve no malicious agenda towards anybody and that my opinions come from a really pure place that I maintain sacred. It’s cricket we’re speaking about, a sport that’s given me and my father a lot.

My feedback and opinions might be mistaken, however they’re by no means private, derogatory or borne out of prejudice or crafty design, I’m solely biased in the direction of excellence in performances, whether or not it’s a workforce or a participant.

Now, let’s take the ‘ bits and items’ remark that acquired blown out of proportion over the past World Cup.

‘Bits and items’ is a cricketing time period generally used for cricketers who’re non-specialists. It’s recurrently utilized by commentators to explain sure gamers and it’s by no means thought-about to be demeaning.

The participant involved clearly misunderstood this or was maybe misinformed. By the way in which, the participant and I’ve since privately made peace over this problem.

So, actually, this sacking for no matter cause, has shaken my confidence as knowledgeable. If unwittingly, I’ve offended anybody I might be blissful to apologise to the involved occasion.

Regards,
Sanjay

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