I could do my job properly under those circumstances and therefore declined the offer.”
According to one commentator, such restrictions aren’t part of the official contract. “It’s not a diktat or anything,” he said. Some BCCI officials, however, say that since they now produce the content, they won’t let commentators criticise them or their policies.
As far as Manjrekar’s case is concerned, a story is doing the rounds is that the BCCI wanted him to express his opinion exclusively for them on TV and stop writing for a cricket website. Manjrekar is tight-lipped on the issue except for his tweets. When contacted, STAR refused to comment.