Interviews January 25, 2009

The voice of reason

Michael Holding is worried about the future of the game

Michael Holding is worried about the future of the game. The way the cricket world is going, as Holding sees it, is into smaller, consumable bites of Twenty20, with avaricious players and administrators feeding on the carcass like hyenas. Kevin Mitchell, of the Observer, met him in Miami and found a man saddened by what is happening.

"He [Allen Stanford] is not interested in West Indies cricket. As soon as he got in bed with ECB I knew he would walk away from West Indies cricket. He no longer needed it. It was a stepping stone to international cricket."

"The West Indies board and their affiliates are the people responsible for nurturing our game. If they don't put the infrastructure in place then nothing will happen. But the board can't even organise cricketers to go on tour. They landed at an airport in Pakistan and didn't have a visa to enter the country. How can they, when things like that happen, think they can run our game?"

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo