Michael Holding retires after 31 years as a television commentator. The former Caribbean fast-thrower played 60 Tests and 102 international appearances in a single day, claiming 391 wickets before moving behind the microphone after retiring from playing in 1987. His first television broadcast came during England’s tour of the West Indies in 1990.
Holding, now 67, had stated last year that he “was not quite sure how much further than 2020 I would go with comments” and said: “I do not see myself going much further down the road at my age. I’m 66 now, I’m not 36, 46 or 56. ”
In this week’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, presenter Lauren Laverne referred to this as his “last year in the comments section” and told him “so many people will miss your beautiful voice”.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, himself an expert, tweeted: “Michael Holding is a legendary bowler.
In the wake of George Floyd’s assassination, Holding held waves during England’s first home test in 2020 with a passionate call for weapons against racism.
Earlier this year, Holding’s new book ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ was published, a sober, closely studied account of racial discrimination, told in part through discussions with leading athletes including Usain Bolt, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson and Naomi Osaka.