Michael Holding slams ICC over umpiring debacle

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The world body, instead of asking the commentators, who have had established their names in the game with years of hard work, to fall in line, needs to take care of the urgent work like fixing the umpires.

"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 issue has since been sorted out and Holding will continue commentating, the source added.

According to a report in the Times of India, Huw Bevan, the production head for the ICC's rights partner Sunset and Vine, wrote an email to Holding on June 7.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder was also at the receiving end of an umpiring blunder after being adjudged lbw off Adam Zampa but replays suggested the ball had pitched outside leg stump.

"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", Bevan continued. It further goes on to say that "this is exactly the kind of thing we need to avoid putting on air".

'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. "We should also be very careful not to look to create controversy around an event or match at any time", Bevan reportedly said in his email.

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The Times of India reported that the ICC subsequently sent a memo out to all commentators. "If those umpires were Federation Internationale de Football Association officials, they would have been told to pack their bags and head home".

The previous highest number of abandoned games in a World Cup was two, in 1992 and 2003.

The bad weather robbed fans of a clash between not only two of the top teams in world cricket but also the two unbeaten sides in the tournament thus far.

'As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard. 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. 'It's critical for us that we should never amplify umpires" mistakes by giving airtime to those incidents nor show the umpires in a bad light.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said reserve days were "not easy", but added they "would be good for everyone".

In his reply, Holder was fuming and even offered to quit whole drawing standards of umpiring in Federation Internationale de Football Association events. In his reply, he refused to abide by the ICC's suggestions and said he would rather prefer to head home instead of paying heed to the worldwide body's words.

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