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Michael Holding Says IPL Not Cricket, Asks ICC Not To Turn Sport Into Soft-Ball

Former West Indies pace bowler and commentator Michael Holding has cocked a snook at the Indian Premier League (IPL), terming it not quite cricket. "I only commentate on cricket," said Holding in an i

By IANS News June 28, 2021 • 21:54 PM

Former West Indies pace bowler and commentator Michael Holding has cocked a snook at the Indian Premier League (IPL), terming it not quite cricket.

"I only commentate on cricket," said Holding in an interview to Indian Express when asked the reason behind him not commentating at the cash-rich T20 league. Holding, who took 249 wickets in 60 Tests, is part of the commentary panel with Sky Sports.

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The former right-arm pacer, who was part of a fearsome pace battery that included Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft, Wayne Daniel and Malcolm Marshall, hit out at the change in rules by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that restricts bowling bouncers and favours batsmen.

The cricket world has, in recent times, been affected by cases of concussion. The death of Australian opener Phil Hughes, after he was hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott, in 2014 has made batsmen's security of paramount importance. The two-bouncer rule, however, predates Hughes's death. That rule came into force in 1994.

"I am glad, I am on the way out. Because they are slowly but surely destroying the game. I wouldn't even try to honour that with a proper response. 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.


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