Legendary West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding has announced that the national team were “pathetic” during their World Cup match against Ireland.
Despite scoring 304 runs, the West Indies bowling attack could not contain the Irish batsmen and the Associate nation went on to win the match by four wickets.
“It was a little bit pathetic to be honest,” Holding said. “I’ve been saying since this World Cup started that 300 on a good pitch here in New Zealand or Australia is just a par score, irrespective of who you’re playing against.
“The West Indies, I do not understand how they could ever think that just [with] over 300 runs, they would just automatically win.
“They cannot take things for granted. You should be able to think for yourself, ‘OK we got a reasonable score but we still have a fight on our hands and we still have to go out there and perform’.”
Holding also noted that he is convinced Ireland will continue to excel if they are given Test status.
“If they (Ireland) continue to linger around the lower regions of world cricket, they’ll continue to lose good cricketers,” he said. “Morgan left Ireland to play for England because he saw brighter prospects. England are a Test playing nation and are a world-renowned team.
“Ireland need to be recognised now. They are playing good cricket and it’s about time they get the recognition otherwise they’ll keep losing cricketers.”
Holding also believes that Ireland will qualify for the quarter-finals.
“I should certainly think (they’ll qualify),” he said. “I think they’ll beat Zimbabwe….I would think they have an outstanding chance of going on to the quarter-finals.”