Latest Cricket News: Michael Holding, one of the world’s most famous pacers and commentators, has announced his retirement from commentary after being hailed as one of cricket’s most prominent voices. Holding was most recently a part of India vs. England Test series commentary box. After more than 20 years, the 67-year-old former West Indian bowler has announced his retirement from historical analysis.
Michael Holding understood that his retirement was primarily due to his age. He stated that, at the age of 67, he could no longer go as far as he used to. Michael Holding has been considering retiring since April 2020, for those who are unaware. The experienced bowler played in 60 Tests and over 102 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies, taking 391 wickets in all.
“I am not sure how much further than 2020 I will be continuing with commentary,” Holding told the BBC. At my age, I don’t see myself going much further down the road. I am now 66 years old, not 36, 46, or 56. I told [ Sky] that I couldn’t commit to anything more than a year.”
“If this year is completely ruined, I may have to consider 2021,” he added, “since I can’t just walk away from Sky, a firm that has done so much for me.”
Apart from that, Holding addressed the public’s perception of his position as a cricket analyst. “I’ve been called biassed previously in the Caribbean, ‘He doesn’t like Trinidad, he doesn’t like people from Antigua, he doesn’t like no one from Guyana,’” Holding said, adding, “After a while, these people respect what I say, even if they don’t like what I say.” As a result, I’m not too concerned about [public opinion].”
Michael Holding was not just a prominent cricket analyst and pundit, but he also used his celebrity to promote social and racial justice in sports on several occasions.
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