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Was David Llyod forced to retire from SkySports?


The cricketing world was disheartened when David Llyod announced his retirement from the Sky Sports commentary. One of the most celebrated voices of Cricket, Bumble, as fondly he is known, came onboard the Skysports commentary panel in the year 1999 and played a key role in widening the reach of the T20 popularity around 2003. While David Llyod announced the retirement on his own, there might be more to the story than it seems to the eyes. Llyod’s name cropped up in the Azeem Rafiq scandal during the parliamentary hearing. And the former commentator didn’t waste any time and offered an apology to Rafiq if he had caused any inconvenience in the past. Rafiq accepted the apology and the matter appeared to have been resolved, at least between the two of them.

“I deeply regret my actions, and I apologise most sincerely to Azeem and to the Asian cricket community for doing this, and for any offence caused,” Lloyd had said. “I am strongly committed to making cricket a more inclusive sport.

“It is very obvious now that more work needs to be done and I will do everything I can to remove discrimination from the sport I love, and the sport that has been my life for over 50 years.” Llyod has said earlier.

According to Sportsmail, Rafiq upon hearing the news of Llyod’s retirement news called up the former commentator and hoped that his exit had nothing to do with his name being involved in the allegations. The commentator did not hint at any signs of retirement earlier.

Did LLyod’s decision of retirement was influenced by seeing Michael Vaughan being treated by BBC for the allegations of racial abuse? That is something only the insiders will know.

The commentator did acknowledge that the departure of David Gower, the passing of Bob Willis, and the retirement of Michael Holding recently played a key role in him saying bid adieu to commentary. The retirement comes nearly one month after the Rafiq case caused uproar in the UK.

Skysports, upon hearing Llyod’s retirement responded that the commentator has been the star of the sky cricket commentary box for nearly two decades.

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