'Inherently in live television, there are occasions when on-field decisions cause reason for discussion or debate, but as ICC TV host broadcasters, our [Sunset & Vine] duty is not to judge or highlight mistakes, ' the mail read further.
"Before the event, we went to great pains to explain to you all as senior production and commentary personnel of the need to avoid this kind of thing". The league matches have no reserve days in this World Cup and such an arrangement has been made only from the semi-finals onwards.
The Windies had many decisions overturned by the third umpire, while on-field umpire Chris Gaffney missed a big no-ball delivery before Chris Gayle was dismissed. Holder later said it was "ironic" to be at the receiving end of the umpiring howlers.
Holding was among several commentators to receive an email from Huw Bevan, the head of cricket at production company Sunset & Vine, urging them not to "amplify mistakes by giving airtime to those incidents".
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"I was certainly very critical of umpiring which was pathetic to say the least".
The email arrived the day after Holding had described the umpiring during the game between Australia and West Indies as "atrocious", prompting him to ask whether he was needed the following day for the England-Bangladesh game in Cardiff.
"Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver", Richardson said. But as far as I am concerned, the matter has been resolved and I have, and hopefully everyone, has put it behind them.
This is the first time in a World Cup when more than two matches have been affected by rain.
Editorial team of CricketCountry.