Former West Indies fast bowler, turned cricket commentator, Michael Holding has refuted statements by President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron that he has turned down requests to do television commentary.
During a WICB town-hall meeting on Friday at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Cameron insisted that the WICB had not banned Holding or veteran broadcaster Tony Cozier from doing television commentary.
Instead, he revealed that Cozier’s failing eyesight had been the main reason for his absence, while Holding’s commitments to UK company, SKY, had led to him turning down offers by the WICB.
“The issue we have with Mr Holding is that our season runs counter to the season in the UK and whenever we ask him to do commentary he is always working with SKY back in the UK, so as far as they are concerned there are no issues,” Cameron had stated.
However, in a reply on Barbados TODAY’s website after reading the story which was published on Saturday, Holding said he had never told the WICB he was unavailable to do television commentary.
Furthermore, Holding claimed he had not been asked by the WICB to do television commentary since 2012, when the production of West Indies cricket was moved from the hands of TWI/IMG.
“As usual Mr Cameron is being a stranger to the truth. How come after being contracted by SKY since 1998 and working on cricket in the Caribbean since that time until 2012, all of a sudden my commitments to SKY started preventing me from doing cricket in the Caribbean?” he questioned.
“The fact of the matter is that when the production of West Indies cricket was moved from the hands of TWI/IMG to the current company, they were instructed not to employ me. And further more, England were just in the Caribbean playing against the West Indies. Was I committed to some other England team that I wasn’t out there working on that series?
“Since the new production company took over West Indies cricket, I was never asked to work on any cricket out there so I could never have said I was not available. I have no problem if the new company thinks I am not worth having on their commentary team, but please don’t say my commitments for SKY keep me away or I ever said I was not available,” Holding added.