Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has heaped high praise on former West Indies bowler and a renowned cricket pundit Michael Holding for winning the Sports Journalists’ Association [SJA] Award for Best Pundit for the year 2020.
The Sports Pundit Award, which is decided by an SJA Members’ vote, was given to the legendary Michael Holding for his powerful speech where he highlighted the racial injustice that colored cricketers face in the aftermath of the murder of American African robber and drug peddler George Flloyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last year.
In a special edition on the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in cricket on Sky Sports, Michael Holding had highlighted what black cricketers including him have to go through just because of the color of their skin.
While accepting the award, the legendary pacer said-
“It is something that has been in me and in my head for many, many years. People don’t understand what it is like to go through life and always thinking that people think less of you than what you think of yourself. It can be a little bit tiring and when I got that opportunity it just came spilling out.”
Congratulating Michael Holding, Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt said-
”Michael Holding has always made West Indians and his many international fans proud of him, both on an off the cricket field. His latest journalism award recognizes his sincerity, passion, and bravery in the face of adversity and conflict. These are some of the same principles that represent the best of West Indies cricket. CWI celebrates with Mikey Holding, for continuing to make us all proud to be West Indian,”