Michael Holding won't be muzzled over comments about Kiwi umpire Chris Gaffaney

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2019

Australia's narrow win over the West Indies last week featured a number of umpiring gaffes, which were amplified by the 15-run margin between the two sides.

Commenting on the World Cup, Pompeo said: "I understand that you've been having deep, important conversations among you about one of the most important global events of our day, something with major potential to change the world, deep worldwide events that capture the attention of billions and billions of people". Holder later said it was "ironic" to be at the receiving end of the umpiring howlers. "This has been an atrocious bit of umpiring by both".

"For one, even when I was playing, you were not as strict as they are now".

4 matches abandoned for the first time in a single edition of the tournament, out of which three were called off without a single ball having been bowled.

"They are being intimidated which means they are weak".

According to the Times of India, Holding's withering assessment prompted an email from Huw Bevan, the production head at the International Cricket Council rights partner, Sunset & Vine.

"Inherently in live television, there are occasions when on field decisions cause reason for discussion or debate, but as ICC TV host broadcasters, our duty is not to judge or highlight mistakes", it read.

"We have only requested them to be fair in their comment. 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.

In response, 65-year-old Holding defended himself and questioned why commentators are being "compromised by controlling organisations to the point of censorship".

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ehsan Mani said on Thursday that the matter to make Pakistan Super League (PSL) a separate entity on the pattern of successful and modern leagues of the world is under consideration.

In the email, the former West Indian cricketer wrote: "If those umpires were Federation Internationale de Football Association 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. "I can adjust on many things, but I'm going to stick to cricket", he said. But even the English rain was not enough to deter them from whetting their satirical chops and using them against the helpless ICC, which is now left with little option but to courageous the barbs.

In a statement, ICC CEO Dave Richardson said: "Factoring in a reserve day for every match would significantly increase the length of the tournament and, practically, would be extremely complex to deliver".

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