Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
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Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Michael Holding will continue in commentary at the World Cup despite a war of words with the International Cricket Council's broadcaster following his critical views on the quality of umpiring.

"We are allowed to analyse players' strengths and weaknesses, pick apart players' techniques and faults yet when an umpire makes a cock-up, he is supposed to be protected?"

The incidents were amplified further when Holding, in commentary, described the umpiring as "atrocious".

"You don't appeal two, three, four times to the umpire". They are being intimidated - that means they are weak.' Bevan's email, which was leaked to the Times of India, began: "This is to remind you of the importance of maintaining the highest of standards and to uphold the game's best values and spirit in all that we do while covering the tournament". ICC TV's duty is to reflect the values (above) and not to cast doubt or negative judgement on anything associated with the tournament in our coverage.

But Holding wrote a strong reply to the ICC, the Times of India reported. In an interview with the Guardian, Holding once remarked: "I resigned from the ICC when they decided they wanted to change the result of the Pakistan game at the Oval (against England in 2006 from a forfeiture to a draw) because of politics".

"We have only requested them to be fair in their comment. We should also be very careful not to look to create controversy around an event or match at any time", Bevan further added. He also drew an analogy with the football's global governing body (FIFA) saying had the erring umpires been officials of FIFA, they would have been asked to go home.

Weather forecasts at Nottingham ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 match between India and New Zealand predicted a wet day and that was exactly what fans got as an unprecedented fourth match was washed out on Thursday (June 13).

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

While West Indies captain Jason Holder was subdued in his criticism, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite had blasted the umpiring standard during the team's 15-run loss.

"I guess honest mistakes from the umpires, I don't want to get into the officiating part, but it's just ironic", the all-rounder said after his team's defeat. "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".

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