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MCC Foundation announces Michael Holding as Patron

Posted: 7 November 2020

The MCC Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of West Indies legend and broadcaster Michael Holding as a new Patron.

Throughout a professional career that spanned 15 years, Holding, nicknamed ‘Whispering Death”, carved out a reputation as one of the best fast bowlers of all time. Since retirement, he has worked as a commentator on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage and, more recently, has earned praise as a powerful and eloquent advocate for racial equality both in the game and further afield.

His experience and expertise will complement the Foundation’s wide-ranging mandate in the grassroots game. From offering coaching and playing opportunities to state educated male and female cricketers, to delivering mental health workshops, the MCC Foundation is committed to breaking down social and financial barriers to cricket.

"Cricket has the power to heal divided communities, give hope in the most desperate of circumstances, and transform lives"

And Holding hopes to build on that work and bring something new to the organisation. Commenting on the appointment, Michel Holding said: “I am thrilled to support the MCC Foundation and its work to make cricket a game that champions respect and equality for all.

"Cricket has the power to heal divided communities, give hope in the most desperate of circumstances, and transform lives. There is much pain and prejudice in our world, but the Foundation is empowering and inspiring young people through cricket, so that they may build a brighter future.”

Sarah Fane, newly appointed Director of the MCC Foundation, said: “Over the past year, important conversations around equality and diversity have occupied the public’s consciousness. These have been discussed and felt across all areas of society.

"While cricket is more diverse than it has ever been, we recognise there are inequalities which still dog the sport, and we are determined to play our part in changing the landscape so that cricket becomes a reflection of the diversity of our nation.

"I was deeply moved by Michael’s dignified and enlightening contribution to the debate on racism during the England -West Indies Test, and am proud to have him as our Patron.”

Michael Holding and Michael Atherton at Lord's

Holding’s appointment is Foundation’s second this month, with actor, mental health advocate and cricket-lover Stephen Fry joining as a Patron earlier in October. The pair join an already illustrious list which includes Claire Taylor, Mike Brearley, Mike Atherton, Mike Gatting.

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