Sky Sports director of cricket Bryan Henderson has quashed the reports which claimed that Michael Holding has retired from cricket commentary. Major outlets including BBC and ESPNcricinfo on Wednesday stated that the legendary West Indies fast bowler has hanged his boots from the commentary box.
However, Henderson, a well-known person amongst the broadcasting division, said, “It’s not true” while commenting on a Twitter post.
It’s not true
— Bryan Henderson (@commboxkid) September 15, 2021
Michael Holding has been associated with Sky Sports for two decades and also commented during the recent Test series between India and England.
I am 66 years old now, I am not 36, 46 or 56: Michael Holding
Last year, the renowned commentator had discussed his future as a commentator.
“I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary. I 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. I told [ Sky] that I could not commit to more than a year at a time. If this year gets totally 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,” Michael Holding had said.
Michael Holding has not yet confirmed or denied the reports and hasn’t made any official announcement regarding his future with the mic in hand.
He is known for his smooth, soft, and calm voice, embracing the game of Test cricket, and is respected for his clear opinions and detailed analysis. The lanky seamer took 249 Test wickets and 142 ODI wickets in his 12-year international career for West Indies.
He gained attention for the BAFTA award-winning segment on the Black Lives Matter movement for Sky Sports at the start of the 2020 international summer in England, with both Michael Holding and Sky Sports winning Royal Television Society Awards.
He was also named Best Pundit in 2020 at the SJA Awards. Later, he wrote a bestseller, ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’, on the history of racism told through the eye of sport.