Mustafa Kamal quits as ICC president after World Cup snub
Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy.WorldCup2015 Updated: Apr 03, 2015 00:11 IST
Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy.
Kamal accused the ICC of behaving "unlawfully" after he was barred from making the presentation. He said he was blocked because he refused to withdraw an incendiary allegation of match-fixing.
The ICC confirmed that Kamal had resigned in a letter to the organisation but said the outgoing president had cited "personal" reasons and had not made any complaint against any individual.
The Bangladeshi national had said after his country's World Cup quarterfinal defeat by India that there was "no quality in the umpiring" and suggested the result had been "pre-arranged".
The claim drew a sharp rebuke from ICC chief executive David Richardson and Kamal later complained that he had been deprived of his "right" as ICC president to present the trophy to the winners, Australia, in Melbourne last Sunday.
Instead that honour went to N Srinivasan, who took over as ICC chairperson last year and who was booed at the ceremony.
"I resign right at this moment. I am no longer ICC president," Kamal told reporters at the airport in Dhaka, where he arrived on Wednesday from Singapore.
"The main reason for my resignation is that I can't work with those who can act unconstitutionally and unlawfully."
Kamal's position has been largely ceremonial since Srinivasan took office as ICC chairperson last year.
On Wednesday he launched an extraordinary attack on the Indian national, calling him "rotten" and "controversial" and suggesting the ICC could stand for "Indian Cricket Council".
"I feel bad even to mention his name," he said. "If that man is in charge of cricket, how will cricket run?"
Srinivasan was forced to quit as head of BCCI over a corruption inquiry involving his son-in-law.
Kamal, who is a government minister in Bangladesh, had earlier threatened to quit over the umpiring of the quarterfinal.
He said he had been told he would only be allowed to present the trophy if he withdrew his claim of bias.
"I will not withdraw the statement because it was the sentiment of 160 million people," Kamal said, referring to the population of Bangladesh.
"Then they told me, if you can't submit an apology or withdraw the statement, you can't present the trophy," Kamal said.
Emotions in cricket-mad Bangladesh ran high after the 109-run defeat by India in the team's first-ever World Cup quarterfinal.
Fans wept openly in the streets and burnt an effigy of umpire Aleem Dar, who is from Pakistan.
Kamal also called for a clean-up of the ICC, saying cricket should be "run by people who are holy and who believe in honesty".
The ICC confirmed in a statement that Kamal had tendered his resignation "with immediate effect" in a letter to Richardson.
"Mr Kamal said he was stepping down on personal grounds and offered his apologies to all associated with the ICC, while adding that he had no complaints to make against anyone," said the statement.
The ICC board would discuss the vacancy at a meeting at its headquarters in Dubai on April 15-16.
First Published: Apr 01, 2015 13:02 IST