Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

According to a report in a leading Indian daily, Holding's outburst prompted a letter from ICC's production partner asking the 65-year-old to tone down his criticism on air.

"Inherently in live television, there are occasions when on-field decisions cause reason for discussion or debate, but as ICC TV host broadcasters, our (Sunset & Vine) duty is not to judge or highlight mistakes", he said. It's critical for us that we should never amplify umpires' mistakes by giving airtime to those incidents nor show the umpires in bad light.

The situation was resolved after a further email reassured commentators they would not be censored.

- England have won their last five Cricket World Cup matches against West Indies, this after losing their inaugural meeting in the tournament (1979 final). "It's a strong reminder to everybody involved to uphold the strongest of standards in our coverage". In between, the all-important match between the West Indies and South Africa was washed out after seven-and-half overs, leaving both sides in need of wins dejected.

The Windies had many decisions overturned by the third umpire, while on-field umpire Chris Gaffney missed a big no-ball delivery before Chris Gayle was dismissed. The sun didn't come out all day and at the end of it, after several inspections, umpire Paul Reiffel declared at 3pm that the "weather had beaten us".

"I don't even know what to say about it, but it is a amusing situation where all of them went against us, and then we had to review them, but I guess that's part of the game again".

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'As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard.

Up in the commentary box, Holding said: 'I am sorry, but the umpiring in this game has been atrocious. But even the English rain was not enough to deter them from whetting their satirical chops and using them against the helpless ICC, which is now left with little option but to fearless the barbs. "Please let me know if I should be heading back to my home in Newmarket instead of heading to Cardiff because I don't agree with what is being suggested here and happy not being part of it".

"The matter with Holding has been settled and there are no hard feelings between the ICC and Mr Holding".

"I know that it would have been hard, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it".

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

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