MICHAEL HOLDING has announced his retirement from commentary.
The cricket legend, 67, has spent the last 30 years guiding fans through games following a glittering career as a player.
But Holding has decided the time is right to put his microphone aside.
Reflecting on retirement last year, the Sky Sports icon said: “I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary.
“I cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age.
“I told [Sky] that I could not commit to more than a year at a time.
“If this year gets totally destroyed, I might have to think about 2021 because I can’t just walk away from Sky, a company that has done so much good for me.”
Former West Indies star Holding is regarded as one of cricket’s greatest-ever pace bowlers.
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And his reputation at the crease led to fans nicknaming him ‘Whispering Death’.
Upon hearing news of Holding’s retirement, fans rushed to Twitter singing his praises.
One said: “Happy retirement to Michael Holding. It won’t be the same without you in the comm box.”
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Another wrote: “A big loss to the game of cricket.”
One lamented: “Farewell from the commentary box Mikey. Your voice will be dearly missed.”
Another added: “What a mountain of a man Michael Holding is. That voice will be hugely missed.”