Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2019

With three games being called off in five days, the 2019 edition has become the World Cup with the most number of washouts in a single edition, exceeding the two-game record of the 1992 and 2003 editions.

Outgoing ICC chief executive David Richardson said reserve days "would be extremely complex to deliver".

As per Met department's report, the United Kingdom is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June.

CEO says that the reserve day will have an impact over pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days. Richardson, however, blamed the disruptions on an "extremely unseasonable weather". "There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either", Richardson was quoted as saying in the ICC press release.

So far, three matches have been washed out in the ongoing tournament and the weather forecast predicts more future matches could be hampered by rain, including the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan on June 16. "In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the United Kingdom", he said.

The International Cricket Council has been severely criticized by many for not keeping reserve days of play for the group league matches.

"When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team work closely with Match Officials and Ground Staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket, even if it is a reduced overs game. No player personally wants rained out games". "I know that it would have been hard, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it", ESPNcricinfo quoted Rhodes as saying.

For Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, the match being called off was indeed frustrating as they had real chance of a comprehensive victory over the below-par Lankans. But we do see it as one point lost, and that's disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it?

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was not complaining after the abandoned match against the West Indies as it helped his side get off the mark on the points table.

"The horse is out of the shed if that's the right wording.The further the game goes, the closer to a T20 game, being two down already, the odds are heavily in their favour". As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard. In an interview with the Guardian, Holding once remarked: "I resigned from the ICC when they decided they wanted to change the result of the Pakistan game at the Oval (against England in 2006 from a forfeiture to a draw) because of politics".

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