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Legendary pace bowler Michael Holding has admitted that he does not “know what the future now holds” for West Indies cricket.
Holding’s comments come after the West Indies decided to pull out of their ongoing tour of India due to an ongoing pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).
“I don’t know what the future now holds for WIPA, the West Indies Cricket Board or the players that are here because I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” Holding told Sky Sports. “I do not understand why the West Indies Cricket Board has taken this stance; instead of trying to sort the problem out they have just decided they will take the stumps, their bat and ball and go home.”
However, Holding does not believe that the West Indies’ decision to abandon this tour will have an impact on the players’ chances of participating in next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I think it is unfair to say that the West Indies players have pulled out,” he said. “It’s fair to say that the West Indies Cricket Board has cancelled the rest of the tour.
“Whatever the reason, I do not think that this is going to affect the individual as far as the IPL is concerned unless the BCCI instruct the Indian franchises down here not to get involved with any West Indies player. To be honest I don’t see that happening.
“When I heard what was taking place I made a couple of calls back to the Caribbean and I spoke to someone who had spoken to a director of the WICB, who knew absolutely nothing about the West Indies pulling out so it can’t be a decision made by the entire board.
“Let us hope that at least the majority of the board knew about it – otherwise I think the decision has been made by some very dubious means.”