Bangladesh’s Kamal resigns as ICC president, says can’t work with those who act unconstitutionally

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International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal announced his resignation on Wednesday, accusing colleagues within the game’s global body of acting “unlawfully”.

“The main reason for my resignation is that I can’t work with those who can act unconstitutionally and unlawfully,” he told reporters in Dhaka.

Kamal’s resignation came days after he threatened to expose “mischievous” designs of some people who had denied him the “constitutional right” to hand over the World Cup trophy.

The World Cup trophy was handed over to Australian captain Michael Clarke by the cricketing body’s chairperson N Srinivasan after the final, but Kamal claimed that the ICC’s amendment of its rules in January 2015 mandated the president to give away trophies at global competitions.

“I was supposed to give the trophy. It is my constitutional right. But very unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to do so. My rights were dishonoured. After I go back home, I will let the whole world know what’s happening in ICC. I will let the whole world know about those guys who are doing these mischievous things,” Kamal told Bangladeshi channels.

“I don’t know why I was not allowed to present the trophy,” he said.

Kamal had hit the headlines after he made a stinging criticism about “umpiring bias” during Bangladesh’s quarterfinal loss to India in the World Cup. In that match, India’s Rohit Sharma was not given out to a Rubel Hossain delivery – a high full toss which was deemed a no ball, but looked legitimate during television replays. The touch-and-go call triggered protests from Bangladeshi fans.

Kamal insisted that he had not spoken against any country but said that he was denied the opportunity of presenting the World Cup trophy for “speaking the truth”.

Kamal had come close to questioning the integrity of the umpires by saying that the ICC should investigate the matter and questioned whether some decisions were “deliberate or not.”

A day later, the ICC’s chief executive, Dave Richardson, termed Kamal’s criticism “unfortunate”.

According to reliable sources in the ICC, it was learnt that at an ICC meeting in Melbourne on Saturday, Kamal was categorically told that he won’t be allowed to hand over the trophy.

It is learnt that Srinivasan was extremely angry after Kamal voiced his concerns about “umpiring bias” in the India vs Bangladesh quarterfinal match. Kamal had accused India of flexing its muscles, which had led to umpiring bias.

Srinivasan reportedly wasn’t one bit amused after hearing Kamal’s comments on record. While the former BCCI president didn’t say anything in public, he did express his displeasure to the board members.

Peeved at the developments, Kamal left the Melbourne Cricket Ground even before the final between Australia and New Zealand had finished.

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