Dhaka: Livid after he was denied the honour of handing over the World Cup winners’ trophy, Mustafa Kamal today resigned as ICC President to protest what he called a constitutional violation by the governing body.
“I am just sending my resignation to the ICC…I was not allowed to work in line with the ICC constitution and I cannot work with them beyond the ICC constitution,” he told a crowded press conference at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here today.
“These type of people should be away from cricket, these kind of people are polluting the game. Otherwise cricket will be spoilt. It is my earnest request to the ICC to revisit these things and people should research why I have resigned,” he added.
Kamal was peeved at not being given the opportunity to hand out the World Cup trophy to champions Australia and had left the Melbourne Cricket Ground even before the final finished. ICC chairman N Srinivasan handed over the trophy to Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
“I was not allowed to hand over the trophy. I couldn’t sleep the night before because, I represent my country. My right was snatched away,” he said.
Kamal was reportedly denied the honours after he blamed poor umpiring for Bangladesh’s comprehensive loss to India in the quarterfinals. The ICC was forced to issue a statement to reject his charges.
Kamal, who is the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President, reportedly infuriated Srinivasan, who wasn’t 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 ICC board members and questioned as to how can Kamal pinpoint on one wrong umpiring decision and take it as an isolated case.
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