Former West Indies fast-bowler turned commentator Michael Holding has created a controversy after quoting indirectly that IPL is not quite cricket. “I only commentate on cricket,” said Holding in an interview to Indian Express when asked the reason behind him not commentating in the Indian Premier League, which is regarded as the best franchise tournament in the world.
The fiery fast-bowler represented West Indies in 60 Tests and took 249 wickets in the format. He formed the deadly bowling line-up with Joel Garner, Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall.
He is also upset with England’s way of treating the Test format. Holding adds that England, the home of cricket, is putting other formats ahead of the real cricket, which is Test cricket.
“England, they say, is the mother of cricket where the game started before all the colonialists took it around the world. The best months in England are supposed to be the summer months, right? Is yearly Test cricket being played? They play in May and early June. The next Test match is on August 4. This has been going on for two-three summers in England. So, it’s obvious that they are putting other forms of cricket over Test cricket,” he said.
Holding also spoke about the bouncer rules in Test cricket. He said that we can’t cut out bouncers from the game. “You want to cut out bouncers from the game? Okay, well, stop footballers from heading the ball because that gives them concussion as well. And that is a study that has proven to be correct,” added Holding.
He feels that while safety is important, cricket should not be turned into soft-ball competition.”You try and protect people as much as you can, yes. That is why people are wearing helmets and improving helmets now. That is why they do so much to try and protect them because people’s lives are important. But don’t turn it into a soft-ball competition,” he concluded.