Legendary West Indian cricketer and now commentator, Michael Holding has hit back at the International Cricket Council (ICC) after they asked him not to criticize the umpiring standards in the ongoing World Cup.
Holding termed umpiring in the match between Australia and the West Indies as "atrocious." There were a few decisions that went against West Indies, with one glaring no-ball not being given as well. Chris Gayle was given out the next ball, which should have been a free hit.
Holding has hit back at the ICC and wrote in his reply “commentators are being more and more compromised by controlling organizations to the point of censorship”.
“If those umpires yesterday were FIFA officials, they would have been told to pack their bags and head home. They would not have been given another World Cup game to officiate. As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard. Is the objective to protect the umpires even when they do a bad job?”, Holding replied.
He further questioned whether he should be heading back to his 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.”