The former West Indies cricketer, Michael Holding feels that due to the commercialization of the cricketing industry, the game is under a huge pressure and it needs to be introspected.
Holding, nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ for his quite approach to the crease, believes that this period of cricket suspension should be considered as ‘a blessing in disguise.’
Hit The Pause Button
The fast bowling great, Michael Holding, speaking to ESPNcricinfo, said hitting the pause button for a while was necessary amid excessive commercialisation of the sport.
“Just use the pause to look within the game, to look at what has been happening with the administrators, with the players, and think: Are we heading in the right direction? Is everything okay with our game? Personally, I don’t think so,” Holding told ESPNcricinfo.
The cricketer turned commentator further added that everyone involved in the game just is looking for every dollar possible.
But can we just pause a bit, hit a plateau for a bit and sit down and look and see if everything is fine? There is too much cricket being played, for one.”
Authorities Are Under Pressure From Broadcasters
The world has currently come to a standstill due to the fatal COVID-19 outbreak affecting every other cricketing activity.
Holding, however, feels sooner or later the administrators will have to resume cricketing action and if needed, behind closed doors.
“A lot of administrations figure that they have to play some form of the game to satisfy their broadcasters. Because if the broadcasters don’t get what they pay for, they are going to demand their money back,” said the Jamaican.
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