Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Holding was direct, fearless and insightful - Greg Chappell. Holding has been associated with Sky Sports for over two decades.
Holding has been associated with Sky Sports for over two decades.
Ace cricketer turned broadcaster Micheal Holding, who hung the mike for good on Wednesday (September 15), did not want any ‘fuss or fanfare' about his retirement from the commentary box. However, one of his fiercest on-field rivals, Greg Chappell, paid a rich tribute to the West Indian legend, saying cricket broadcasting will be much poorer with the exit of Holding.
“The broadcasting box — which I shared with him on a few occasions — will be much poorer for his absence, but I do understand that the travelling wore him down,” Chappell told Cricbuzz. “As a broadcaster, he was direct, fearless and insightful.”
Chappell and Holding played against each other in the 70s and 80s when West Indies-Australia rivalry was at its peak on the field, but both shared mutual respect for each other. Chappell noted how Holding, known as Whispering Death during his playing days, fought for the causes he believed in even during his stint as a commentator.
“I respect Michael Holding as a man of high integrity. He was not a great fan of white-ball cricket and was never shy to say so. His passionate backing of causes in which he believed, enjoyed great support,” Chappell said. Holding, in particular, was strongly against Twenty20 cricket and stayed away from it even as a commentator.
The highly revered commentator was known to call a spade a spade and never worried about contracts or opportunities. As recently as the 2019 World Cup, Holding had called out the umpiring in a match, labelling it as ‘atrocious' which lead to censorship from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its production firm that asked Holding to use some restrain when on air.
Holding, however, did not mince his words in his response, stating “If those umpires yesterday were Fifa officials, they would have been told to pack their bags and head home.” Holding's speech during last year's Black Lives Matter (BLM) during an England-West Indies Test now ranks among some of the most memorable broadcasting gigs.
Holding, who had played 60 Tests and 102 ODIs, had informed his employers – Sky in UK and SuperSport in South Africa — last year about his decision to quit sooner than later, but he refused any grand farewell. Holding had been associated with Sky for over two decades.
“I'm not interested in any fuss or fanfare over my departure,” Holding told Cricbuzz. “If you noticed, there has been no official word from me about my retirement. I have only told a few people about my retirement, but neither Sky nor I have made any official statement or announcement and none will be forthcoming either. Sky know my wishes and respect for them,” he signed off.