Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding has strongly criticised England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the cancellation of the scheduled tour of Pakistan, saying it smacks of ‘western vanity’.
“What that sign sends to me is similar western vanity,” mentioned Holding while receiving Peter Smith Award.
“I’ll deal with you ways I really feel like treating you – it doesn’t matter what you suppose, I’ll simply do what I need.”
“4 days in Pakistan [was all they would have spent], I’m completely positive they might not have completed that to India.”
“You realize why? As a result of India is wealthy and highly effective. I’m in complete settlement with Mike Atherton and [cricket writer] George Dobell, who wrote articles condemning England and the ECB,” he added.
Holding reminded ECB about Pakistan’s final tour of England throughout Covid-19 peak.
The previous cricketer additional mentioned: “They had been going for 4 days. Pakistan went to England [in 2020] earlier than vaccines had been accessible for six, seven weeks, one thing like that. They stayed, they performed their cricket, they had been in that bubble.”
“I used to be in that bubble and it wasn’t implausible however it was higher than going out into society, the place we all know Covid was and with none vaccinations accessible to anybody.”
“They stayed, they performed, and honoured what England wished them to honour, and now you may have a chance to try to repay them to a small diploma,” he concluded.