NOTTINGHAM – The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants commentators at the World Cup to be fair in their observations and has denied censoring West Indies great Michael Holding for criticising match officials on air last week.
The Caribbean great was aghast at the string of umpiring errors during the West Indies-Australia match at Trent Bridge and termed the standard of officiating 'atrocious'.
According to a Times of India report, Holding's outburst prompted a letter from ICC's production partner asking the 65-year-old to tone down his criticism on air.
The report said Holding, a former pace great and an equally respected TV pundit, has replied to that mail saying he did not intent to “go down that road”.
“We have no intention of censoring anyone,” a source in the ICC, who declined to be named, told Reuters. “We have only requested them to be fair in their comment. We want different views, that's why we have former players in our commentary panel.”