ICC World Cup 2019: Michael Holding hits back after being asked by ICC to ignore umpiring howlers

In a game between West Indies and Australia, a number of umpiring howlers were termed as "atrocious" ny Michael Holding, who was then warned by the ICC.
ICC World Cup 2019: Michael Holding hits back after being asked by ICC to ignore umpiring howlersICC World Cup 2019: Michael Holding hits back after being asked by ICC to ignore umpiring howlers
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Legendary West Indian cricketer Michael Holding, who is now commentating in the ongoing World Cup, has hit back at the International Cricket Council after they asked him not to criticise the umpiring standards in the tournament. 

An email was sent to Holding after the West Indian termed the umpiring howlers in the game between West Indies and Australia as "atrocious." There were a few decisions that went against West Indies, with one glaring no-ball not been given as well. Chris Gayle was out off the next ball, which should have been a free hit. 

Jason Holder was also given LBW on a ball that had pitched outside left, which left the former fast bowler furious. 

Following his comments, he received an email from Huw Bevan, the production head of ICC's rights partner Sunset and Vine Asia, saying, “the importance of maintaining the highest standards and uphold the game’s best values and spirit 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."

"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."

“Before the event, we went to great pains to explain to you all as senior production and commentary personnel of the need to avoid this kind of thing. 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. We should also be very careful not to look to create controversy around an event or match at any time,” he added.

"It's a strong reminder to everybody involved to uphold the strongest of standards in our coverage."

In reply, Holding was scathing in his reply. 

“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?

“I am sorry, but I am not going to be part of that. 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,” added Holding, who was the only commentator to receive this e-mail.

“I was certainly very critical of umpiring which was pathetic to say the least.”

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