Not true, says Holding

Michael Holding has revealed he hasn’t been asked by the WICB to do television commentary since 2012.

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.






8 Responses to Not true, says Holding

  1. Shurf De
    Shurf De May 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Stranger to the truth, second I heard that use in reference to MR CAMERON

  2. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt May 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    For all those who have been blaming the striking cricketers in India, hope you all seeing where the real problem lies now.

  3. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase May 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Everyday it’s a different story from Dave Cameron.

  4. Donna Harewood May 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    And who do you think we believe, Mr. Cameron?

  5. Colin Daniel May 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Cameron and the truth are not on speaking terms.

  6. harry turnover May 25, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Cameron has to be the MOST STUPID WI cricket President EVER !
    Only the other day,he said the HIERARCHY of WI cricket recently had discussions with Chanderpaul regarding his future,then to make the STUPID statement that he was NOT PRIVY to those discussions….YET..HE was THE ONE who issued the statement.

    Why then,did YOU ,if YOU are NOT the HEAD HONCHO of the HIERARCHY make the statement when someone from the same HIERARCHY who was PRIVY to the discussions make it ??

    Man you just like those yardies who every other week are caught at the Airport bringing in illegal drugs,but they still coming.
    You on the other hand issue statements time and time again that can EASILY be refuted….but you continue to issue them.

  7. nedjeh1 May 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I does follow cricket sometimes and i know that he just had six a de best bouncers delivered at he. Is this when he should run off de field holding he head complaining of a Headache and then retire hurt or he gine wait til de other fast bowler lick he down.?

  8. Walter Prescod May 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Well said Mr.Holding. The truth hurts most people but not Mr. Cameron. This man is a disgrace to West Indians, Cricket, and cricket lovers in West Indies.


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