Leave aside BCCI’s commentary panel for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), even after he issued an apology, Sanjay Manjrekar has not even been picked by the official broadcaster Star Sports in their 90 member IPL commentary team.
According to Manjrekar, he has been ‘completely misunderstood’ on his on-air comments
“We, Indians, are very sensitive to criticism. The other problem is that English as a language is often misunderstood. For most people, it is not even the second language. A lot of the terms I tend to use are misunderstood. For example, when I had said that ‘Tendulkar-related’ issues are like the elephant in the room. So, that was a term that was misunderstood. People thought I was calling him a ‘white elephant’. In the case of ‘bits and pieces’, people thought it was the degradation of a player. So, if I would have said ‘non-specialist’, then I don’t think there would have had been a furore. Once Naseer Hussain had called some Indian players ‘donkeys on the field’, which is a normal English term for people who move slowly and there was a big controversy. So, that is one of the problems in making observations in English and assuming that everyone knows”, he told Moneycontrol.
IPL 2020 : Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar join Hindi commentary panel for IPL 2020
Meanwhile the list of commentators for the broadcast of the IPL is getting longer by the day. Star India has employed more than 90 commentators in different languages to cater to the IPL audiences. A selected bunch of commentators will work from the location i.e UAE and the rest will be based out of Star Sports studio in Mumbai and will bring live pictures and commentary to the screens of IPL fans all around the globe.
Harbhajan Singh will also stay connected with the 13th edition of the IPL 2020. Despite of pulling out of his contract with the Chennai Super Kings for ‘personal reasons’, Bhajji’s connect with the IPL 2020 will stay intact. As reported earlier on 4th Sep, the former Indian spinner has signed up officially with Star India for a broadcast stint on the IPL 2020. Bhajji will be part of the Hindi Commentary team for Star Sports. The channel is yet to officially announce the tie-up.