One of the world’s most iconic pacers and commentators, West Indies’ Michael Holding, has announced his retirement from commentary after being recognized as one of the most influential voices in the sport of cricket. Holding was most recently a part of the commentary box in India vs England Test series. The 67-year-old former West Indian pacer has bid adieu to his historical commentary career after being associated with Sky Sports for more than 20 years.
Holding recognized his age to be the primary reason for his retirement. Being 67 years old, he stated that he could not travel everywhere like he used. To those who are unaware, Michael holding was contemplating upon his retirement since April 2020. The veteran pacer represented West Indies in 60 Test matches and more than 102 ODIs, managing to register 391 wickets overall against his name.
Speaking to BBC, Holding stated, "I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary. I cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age. I am 66 years old now, I am not 36, 46 or 56. I told [ Sky] that I could not commit to more than a year at a time.”
He added, "If this year gets totally destroyed, I might have to think about 2021 because I can’t just walk away from Sky, a company that has done so much good for me."
Apart from this, Holding also opened up on a public opinion regarding his role as a cricket commentator. “In the Caribbean, I’ve been called biased before ‘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, although these people don’t like what I say, they respect what I am saying. So, I don’t worry much about that [public opinion].”
Michael Holding was not only seen as a cricket analyst and commentator, but he also took his immense popularity to raise awareness among social and racial justice in sports on multiple occasions.