ICC wants commentators to be 'fair' after Michael Holding saga

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He was, however, far from the only one as the game featured several high-profile errors. The batsman was dismissed lbw in the next over from Starc but replays showed the previous delivery had been a huge no-ball.

- Buttler's highest ODI score in his 111 innings came against West Indies earlier in 2019, hitting 150 runs from 77 balls - a match in which a record 46 sixes were hit (England 24, West Indies 22).

This is the first time in a World Cup when more than two matches have been affected by rain.

Holder then successfully reviewed once more, attempting to sweep Adam Zampa, with ball-tracker showing the ball would have comfortably missed leg stump.

Sarfaraz described the fielding as "not up to the mark" before expressing a desire to work together on the overall fielding skills during the post-match conference following the loss against Australia.

"You don't appeal two, three, four times to the umpire".

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But the West Indian who is known to be vocal in his opinions, wrote in his reply "commentators are being more and more compromised by controlling organisations to the point of censorship".

'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". "It's a strong reminder to everybody involved to uphold the strongest of standards in our coverage".

In a terse reply Holding questioned why he was the only commentator included on the email chain and added: "If those umpires yesterday were Federation Internationale de Football Association officials, they would have been told to pack their bags and head home".

In a statement issued on the ICC website, the CEO said that the reserve day will have an impact over pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to beat the game.

"I think we should look to out-field our opponents, not only in the next game, but also in all games, and we expect our opponents to do the same". "I don't even know what to say about it, but it is a amusing situation where all of them went against us, and then we had to review them, but I guess that's part of the game again".

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