LONDON: West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has been appointed patron of the MCC Foundation.
The MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of the Marylebone Cricket Club, custodians of the game’s laws, and was created with the aim of enhancing lives through cricket.
Throughout a professional career that spanned 15 years, Holding carved out a reputation as one of the best fast bowlers of all time.
Holding stated “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, added: “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.”
MCC stated that Holding’s experience and expertise will complement the foundation’s wide-ranging mandate in the grassroots game.