West Indies great fast bowler Michael Holding has criticized the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for canceling the tour of Pakistan. He said the cancellation of England’s tour of Pakistan smacks of “Western arrogance” and that the country would never do the same to a “rich and powerful” India. England’s men’s and women’s teams were to tour Pakistan this month but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) canceled both the series to keep the players mentally and physically fit and for security reasons.
According to BBC Sport, Holding, after receiving the Cricket Writers’ Club Peter Smith Award, said, ‘The ECB’s statement does not explain the situation. No one wants to come forward and face something because they know what they did was wrong. So he issued the statement and he hid under the guise of the statement. It reminds me of the nonsense he did on the Black Lives Matter campaign.
“I don’t want to get to the bottom of it because I’ve already said a lot about it,” Holding said. But it gives me hints of the same Western arrogance. I will treat you the way I like to treat you, no matter what you think, I will do what I want.’ The ECB took the decision three days after New Zealand canceled the tour of Pakistan shortly before the start of the first ODI due to security reasons. England’s men’s team has not toured Pakistan since 2005, while this would have been the first tour of Pakistan by their women’s team.
Holding sympathized with Pakistan, saying that if it were India, it would not have dared to cancel the tour of England. He said, ‘Pakistan toured England for six or seven weeks before the vaccine was available. They stayed there. He played cricket there. He respected what England wanted from him. ‘He had to go to Pakistan for four days? I am sure he would not have done this to India because India is rich and powerful.