Ex-West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding has announced his retirement after 31 years as television commentator.
Holding played 102 ODIs and 60 Tests for the West Indies before moving into broadcasting following his retirement as a player in 1987. He performed his debut broadcast during England’s famous 1990 cricket tour of the West Indies.
The 67-year-old hinted at a possible retirement last year when he explained that he could not see himself broadcasting much further along than the end of 2020.
BBC Radio presenter Lauren Laverne earlier this week said it best while referring to 2021 as Holding’s final year in the broadcasting and commentary box. Laverne told the cricketing stalwart that many people would be missing his beloved and beautiful voice when he steps from the commentating box for the very last time.
Also seen tweeting words of praise following Holding’s announcement this week had been former England skipper Michael Vaughan. Commenting on Holding’s retirement, Vaughan said the beloved commentator would be missed not only as a legendary bowler and phenomenal commentator, but most of all, as an all-round good guy.
Holding is a man passionate about racial equality, and earlier this year published his new book, “Why We Kneel, How We Rise”. In his book, he tells the story of racial disparity in sport – with the help of discussions with some of the biggest athletes in the world, including Naomi Osaka, Usain Bolt, and Michael Johnson.
The beloved commentator will clearly be sorely missed in the box.
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