Seeking to suck out each greenback out there, cricket was affected by an overkill and the coronavirus-forced break ought to be used to introspect whether or not the sport is not off course, says West Indies quick bowling nice Michael Holding. The 66-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator personally believes hitting the pause button for some time was crucial amid extreme commercialisation of the game. “Just use the pause to look within the game, to look at what has been happening with the administrators, with the players, and think: Are we heading in the right direction? Is everything okay with our game? Personally, I don’t think so,” Holding informed ESPNcricinfo.
“Everybody has just been head-over-heels charging down the hill, looking for every dollar available. But can we just pause a bit, hit a plateau for a bit and sit down and look and see if everything is fine? There is too much cricket being played, for one.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced the world to a standstill with sporting occasions across the globe have been postponed or cancelled.
The hugely-popular Indian Premier League has been postponed indefinitely and the T20 World Cup, to be held later this yr in Australia, can also be underneath doubt.
The lethal illness has to date claimed round 2,18,000 lives with India accounting for greater than 1000 deaths.
Holding, nicknamed ‘whispering loss of life’ for his quiet strategy, stated in the end the directors should resume cricketing motion and if wanted, behind the closed doorways.
“A lot of administrations figure that they have to play some form of the game to satisfy their broadcasters. Because if the broadcasters don’t get what they pay for, they are going to demand their money back,” stated the Jamaican, who’s an avid fan of horse racing and is at present locked down at Cayman Island.
“So they have to try and play cricket behind closed doors, or whatever form they can get to play. I can’t fault them for trying to do that.”