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Speed must resign: Asif Iqbal

Former Pakistan skipper Asif Iqbal has joined the chorus asking for Speed's resignation, reports Atul Sondhi.

cricket Updated: May 02, 2007 15:06 IST

Former Pakistan Captain Asif Iqbal has called for the resignation of ICC CEO Malcolm Speed saying that in a corporate environment, the head of the organization should be held accountable.

As part of a debate in the Guardian Newspaper of UK, Asif, who has been an ICC match referee for one test and three ODIs, said though Speed was an experienced cricket administrator when he was appointed by the ICC, ''but even with that knowledge and experience he has fallen short''.

The former Pakistan skipper lamented that while Speed had accepted that blunders were made in the World Cup, he had not taken responsibility for them.

Asif said the ''farcical end to the final in Barbados'' that resulted in Sri Lanka batting out the last few overs in darkness should never have been allowed to happen. ''The chief executive may be only one person but he must shoulder the blame when things go wrong.''

He said considering that few more boards were likely to join India in it no-confidence vote, ''I see no other option than for Malcolm Speed to resign beforehand.''

''If your stakeholders, who are effectively your employers, are indicating they have no confidence in your leadership, how is it possible to continue?''

He also questioned Speed's credibility considering how the Zimbabwean crisis at the last World Cup was handled and how Oval fiasco turned out to be a PR disaster.

First Published: May 02, 2007 14:19 IST