Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has requested Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider him for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) edition. Manjrekar, who has been part of broadcasting for a long time, was sacked by BCCI from commentary panel before the India vs South Africa series in March this year.
Manjrekar has now written to BCCI and asked them to include him in the commentary team for IPL 2020. The tournament will be played in UAE later this year during September-November.
"Respected members of the Apex Council, hope you all keeping well. You are already in receipt of the email I sent to explain my position as a commentator. With the IPL dates announced, bcci.tv will pick its commentary panel soon. I will be happy to work as per the guidelines laid by you. After all, we are working on what is essentially your production. Last time maybe there was not enough clarity on this issue. Thanks very much, Regards," Manjrekar wrote in the email according to a report in the Times of India.
As per reports, Manjrekar's comments on India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja went against him. He had called Jadeja a 'bits and pieces' cricketer during the World Cup.
A board official told Times of India that it's time to forgive Manjrekar for his comment and move on. "We should close this chapter now and forgive Manjrekar. He has already apologized for his comments on Jadeja and sorted it out with the player concerned.
"He has promised us that he'll stick to the 'code of conduct' for TV commentators. After all, he's a fine commentator with massive cricketing knowledge."
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will take the final call on the matter.