Former India participant and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has has written to the BCCI after he was faraway from the commentary panel, providing to apologise. In a chat with Indian Express, Manjrekar revealed that he was faraway from the panel as a result of some participant had an issue with him.
In a mail to the BCCI, he additionally talked about that if reinstated within the commentary panel, he would abide by the foundations.
“You are already in receipt of the email I sent to explain my position as 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,” he wrote.
It is broadly speculated that his sacking was a results of him calling Jadeja, a bits and items participant in the course of the 2019 World Cup.
Then Jadeja had tweeted, “Still, I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I am still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea @Sanjaymanjrekar”.
In the mail Majrekar additionally talked about of the perils of commentating.
“If we are not seen praising the iconic players all the time, the fans of those players tend to assume that we are antagonistic towards the players they worship … Anyone who has followed my career as a commentator would know that I have no malicious agenda against anyone and that my opinions come from a very pure place that I hold sacred. It’s cricket we are talking about, a sport that’s given me and my father so much,” Manjrekar acknowledged. “I was greatly hurt! Especially because this came as a real shock!” he added.
“So, really, this sacking for whatever reason, has shaken my confidence as a professional. If unwittingly, I have offended anyone I would be happy to apologise to the concerned party.”
He additional went on to say that he has made peace with the concerned participant since then.
“You will see how benign it is when you hear it in right context”. He additionally wrote, “The player concerned obviously misunderstood this or was perhaps misinformed. By the way, the player and I have since privately made peace over this issue.”
“Please note this comment was not made by me on Twitter or in commentary, it was in an audio interview to a news agency… that got blown out of proportion. It was made as a part of a long media interview but unfortunately was made into an eye-catching headline by just one website and the player reacted sharply to it on Twitter. This got the issue the traction it did not deserve. ‘Bits-and-pieces’ is a cricketing term commonly used for cricketers who are non-specialists. It is regularly used by commentators to describe certain players and it’s never considered to be demeaning.”
“Until this moment I had been the leading commentator on the BCCI panel for many years fulfilling some of the biggest responsibilities there are in live broadcasting: lead commentator, post-match awards presenter, hosting the toss, doing player interviews and yes, impromptu BCCI functions on ground too. I am also one of the first Indian commentators that gets rostered for the World Cups by the ICC. I did my job with great pride and a 100 per cent commitment and suddenly not found to be good enough to be in the panel was a big jolt.”
Excerpts from Manjrekar’s electronic mail to BCCI
Dear esteemed members of the Apex Council,
In February 2020, utterly out of the blue, I used to be instructed by Dev Shriyan, the pinnacle of manufacturing, BCCI Tv, that I used to be being faraway from the commentary panel.
I’ve publicly maintained that — “the BCCI are my employers and they have every right to either have me or not, in their commentary panel. I have never considered being on a commentary panel an entitlement.”
But right here, amongst a small circle of necessary stakeholders of Indian cricket, pals and colleagues, please permit me to open my coronary heart.
I used to be tremendously damage! Especially as a result of this got here as an actual shock!
I did my job with nice pleasure and a 100 p.c dedication and all of the sudden not discovered to be ok to be within the panel was an enormous jolt.
Later I used to be instructed on telephone by a senior workplace bearer that some gamers had a difficulty with me as a commentator . Now right here is the place our job will get a bit tough.
If we aren’t seen praising the enduring gamers on a regular basis, the followers of these gamers have a tendency to assume that we’re antagonistic in direction of the gamers they worship. That’s the skilled hazard we’ve got to reside with doing our job. Anyone 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 incorrect, however they’re by no means private, derogatory or borne out of prejudice or crafty design, I’m solely biased in direction of excellence in performances, whether or not it’s a crew or a participant.
Now, let’s take the ‘ bits and pieces’ remark that obtained blown out of proportion over the last World Cup.
‘Bits and pieces’ is a cricketing time period generally used for cricketers who’re non-specialists. It is commonly used by commentators to describe 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 subject.
So, actually, this sacking for no matter motive, has shaken my confidence as knowledgeable. If unwittingly, I’ve offended anybody I might be completely happy to apologise to the involved celebration.