Manjrekar bats for his friends in the media

Published: Sunday, July 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former Test player-turned-TV commentator Sanjay Manjrekar called for centralised accreditation for journalists covering international matchesall over the world to make things easier for the concerned persons.

The former middle order mainstay expressed this view at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) communication and co-ordination committee's two-day workshop of media officers from affiliated units that concluded in Mumbai.

Manjrekar said, "I am more or less happy with the arrangements made for the journalists (print and electronic media) during international matches in India and would recommend centralised accreditation process to ensure allfacilities for the scribes".

"With more and more former cricketers coming into the media (as commentators and columnists), there is more focus on the game worldwide. So media's role has become very important and a responsible one," he added.

The internal workshop was aimed at enhancing the Board's partnership with the media and was basically a self development exercise attended by BCCI secretary S K Nair, joint secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty and treasurer JyotiBajpai, among others.

Senior professionals from various segments of the media -- print, internet, Doordarshan, All India Radio, TV channels and TV commentators attended the workshop and exchanged views with media officers from nearly all the affiliated units of the Board.

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