ICC wants commentators to be 'fair' after Michael Holding controversy

Carrie Guzman
June 14, 2019

It all started when Holding criticised the umpires during the West Indies' match against Australia that was held on June 6.

"It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game".

Earlier in the day, the near universal condemnation by fans made the ICC issue a statement explaining its decision why it didn't keep any reserve days to accommodate washed out matches.

"You don't appeal two, three, four times to the umpire". The batsman was dismissed lbw in the next over from Starc but replays showed the previous delivery had been a huge no-ball.

Later in the match, West Indies skipper Jason Holder successfully reviewed two leg-before decisions and got both overturned.

"The umpiring in this game has been atrocious", Holding said on live TV. In an email, the ICC had stressed "the importance of maintaining the highest standards" and to "uphold the game's best values and spirit while covering the tournament".

He further added that ICC TV's duty is to "not to cast doubt or negative judgement on anything associated with the tournament in our coverage".

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Bevan even stressed that "this is exactly the kind of thing we need to avoid putting on air".

"We have only requested them to be fair in their comment. We should also be very careful not to look to create controversy around an event or match at any time".

Huw continued, "It's a strong reminder to everybody involved to uphold the strongest of standards in our coverage". He also drew an analogy with the football's global governing body (FIFA) saying had the erring umpires been officials of FIFA, they would have been asked to go home.

Sri Lanka was forced to split points for the second consecutive time after their fourth 2019 ICC World Cup clash against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled at Bristol County Ground on Tuesday. He also added. "As a former cricketer, I think cricket should be held to a higher standard". Is the objective to protect the umpires even when they do a bad job?

After receiving the email, Holding lashed out at the ICC.

Up in the commentary box, Holding said: "I am sorry, but the umpiring in this game has been atrocious". In his reply, he refused to abide by the ICC's suggestions and said he would rather prefer to head home instead of paying heed to the worldwide body's words.

The Caribbeans were at the receiving end of some bad umpiring decisions and lost the match by 15 runs.

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