Former West Indies player and one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket, Michael Holding has made yet another bold statement regarding the sensitive issue of racism.
The 67-year-old has claimed that he would not have been alive today had he grown up in the United Kingdom.
Holding’s comments came a few weeks after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended Ollie Robinson for his racist and sexist tweets that he posted back in 2012.
The Windies legend has been a leading voice against racism in the sport and society ever since George Floyd was killed by a white cop in the USA last year.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Holding lamented that his “fiery” attitude in his younger days would have cost him his life if he grew up in England. The legendary pacer also explained how society still doesn’t respect the black people and always judges others by their colour.
“I don’t think I would be alive today. As a young man, I was a bit fiery. I kicked a stump out of the ground in New Zealand (1980) so can you imagine me going through what Ebony went through?”
“Growing up in Jamaica, I didn’t experience racism. I experienced it every time I left Jamaica. We have seen through history that black people who stand up for their rights and call out injustice are victimized,” Holding added.