Bengaluru: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has confirmed that he has been removed from the BCCI’s TV commentary panel and he accepts the decision “as a professional”.

In the recent India-South Africa ODI series, which was called off after the first match due to coronavirus outbreak, Manjrekar was missing from the host broadcaster’s TV commentary team.

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Manjrekar has been a regular in all BCCI conducted international matches and he was also part of ICC’s TV commentary team for World Cups.

According to a report, Manjrekar has also been removed from IPL commentary team too. However, as of now, IPL 2020 has been deferred till April 15.

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Reacting to his removal, Manjrekar took to the micro-blogging website Twitter and said he will “respect” BCCI’s decision.

“I have always considered commentary as a great privilege, but never an entitlement. It is up to my employers whether they choose to have me or not & I will always respect that. Maybe BCCI has not been happy with my performance of late. I accept that as a professional,” Manjrekar, who played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs, tweeted on Sunday (March 15).

The 54-year-old former right-handed batsman from Mumbai had been involved in a couple of controversies last year. He had targeted India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja calling him “bits and pieces” cricketer.

Jadeja had hit back at Manjrekar for his comment. Later, Manjrekar had apologised after the batsman hit a half century during India’s World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand in England.

Also, during India’s historic day-night Test in Kolkata, Manjrekar had an on-air spat with his commentary colleague Harsha Bhogle.

Meanwhile, IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took a dig at Manjrekar. The team tweeted, “Need not hear the audio feed in bits and pieces anymore.”