Dharamsala: Legendary fast bowler Michael Holding has chosen to empathise with the West Indies players for deciding to return home abruptly over a pay dispute while slamming the Caribbean cricket board for the sport's constant downfall in the region.
West Indies players leave the team hotel in Dharamsala on Saturday (Pic/PTI) and (Inset) Michael Holding
Holding said lack of proper administration is the sole cause for the current crisis and the reason behind the West Indies cricket's struggle for many years now.
"All will be fine in West Indies cricket when we get proper administration. We have the talent, we just need proper administration, something we don't have at the moment," Holding told PTI when asked whether the players would be able to recover from the latest setback and help the team regain its lost glory.
Later in his column, Holding feared "fierce repercussions" for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for deciding to call off the India tour over pay issues with its players and upsetting the powerful BCCI.
The 60-year-old, who still looks as fit as a fiddle, said Marlon Samuels' second hundred in the series showed the West Indies are high on talent and have enough players who are capable of turning a match around.
"He played great. It just shows that the team has many players who can do the job at the highest level and he is one of them. We just need proper administration," said Holding.
In the pre-match presser, Virat Kohli had mentioned that the West Indies have become more competitive off late and one of the reasons is their players' presence in the IPL. Holding, however, strongly disagreed with Kohli.
"What do I say about this? Before the IPL started the West Indies came here and won. They had it in them to win. It has nothing to do with the IPL. IPL can't improve anyone's cricket," said the cricketing great.