Karachi: Michael Holding has announced his retirement from commentary after serving for more than 30 years in broadcasting.
Former West Indies paceman Holding, known as the ‘Whispering Death’, played 60 Tests and 102 ODIs, claiming 391 wickets before moving behind the microphone following his retirement from playing in 1987.
Speaking to a radio talk show in Barbados last April, Holding had indicated he “cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age”.
Away from cricket, Holding has recently gained praise and attention for his anti-racism campaigning.
During an England v West Indies Test match in July 2020, Holding spoke on Sky Sports about the Black Lives Matter movement and the players from both sides taking the knee before play. The footage gathered attention across the world and on social media.
He went on to publish a book called ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ about racism and features other famous sportspeople such as Usain Bolt, Naomi Osaka and Michael Johnson.
Meanwhile, cricketers and fans have reacted to the news and wished ‘Happy Retirement’ to Holding.
Michael Holding is a legendary bowler .. Commentator .. Campaigner .. but even a more so a GREAT guy who will be sorely missed around the Comm boxes .. Happy retirement Mikie .. 👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 15, 2021
From the very first day I met him, Michael Holding has always been kind, understanding and encouraging to me; even when I messed up. I am privileged to call him friend and mentor. I will celebrate and be thankful the teachings he brought.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) September 15, 2021
Wishing Michael Holding all the best on your retirement from broadcasting.
Inspirational player, commentator & campaigner.
— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) September 15, 2021
We may not have gotten to see him play in his heyday, but his voice & analysis have made an indelible impact on cricket enthusiasts all over the globe.
Happy retirement to Michael Holding, it won't be the same without you in the comm box. pic.twitter.com/r8wXH1klw2
— Change of Pace (@ChangeofPace414) September 15, 2021
A lot of cricket people didnt know or acknowledge racism's existence until Michael Holding put everyone on blast.
The fact he got several cricket fans/journalists/tv companies to at least pay lip service speaks to the cultural icon that he was and became.
Happy retirement Mikey
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) September 15, 2021
Hits different when a cricket commentator retires. You might listen to a football commentator once or twice a week, but you spend entire days in the company of a cricket commentator. Michael Holding's voice was one of the sounds of summer. https://t.co/LkzoJOQetv
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) September 15, 2021
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) September 15, 2021