Micheal Holding: The legendary bowler bows out from commentary
Micheal Holding is set to retire from Cricket commentary at the end of the season.
Micheal Holding has been commentating on cricket for well over two decades. He is a part of the Sky Sports cricket commentary team.
He is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and was part of a hugely successful Windies team. Holding never held back from expressing his opinions on the game. He declined to commentate in domestic T20 leagues because he thought it wasn’t cricket.
Micheal Holding gave one of the touching speeches on air last year. The Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in 2020 became a moment for Holding’s voice to be heard. His heartfelt, and personal piece on racism and inequality was one of the broadcast highlights of the year and it eventually won two broadcast awards in the UK.
Holding won the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Sports Presenter and Sky Sports won the best Sports Programme award.
The RTS said
“Holding captured the mood of the event perfectly, bringing a personal perspective to bear on a moment of huge significance”
when talking about Floyd’s murder and the movement it sparked.
Micheal Holding this year has written the book, “Why we kneel, how we rise” which deals with racism in sports.
Micheal Holding on his broadcasting career
“I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary. And cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age.
I am 66 years old now, I am not 36, 46, or 56. And I told (Sky) that I could not commit to more than a year at a time. If this year gets destroyed, I might have to think about 2021 because I can’t just walk away from Sky, a company that has done so much good for me.”