ICC news March 20, 2015

Kamal's comments unfortunate - Richardson

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rohit Sharma scored 47 off 25 balls after the chance © Associated Press

David Richardson, the ICC's chief executive, has termed ICC president Mustafa Kamal's criticism of the umpires in the second World Cup quarter-final "unfortunate". Kamal criticised the on-field umpires' decision to call a no-ball after Rohit Sharma was caught off a full-toss during the game against Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday.

"The ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal's comments, which are very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity," Richardson said in an ICC statement. "As an ICC president, he should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned.

"The no-ball decision was a 50-50 call. The spirit of the game dictates that the umpire's decision is final and must be respected."

Kamal led the angry response from Bangladesh after the match and had said he wanted the ICC to investigate the matter to see if the decision was "deliberate or not." He also clarified he was speaking as a fan and not as the ICC president.

"There was no quality in the umpiring," Kamal had said on Thursday. "It seemed as if they had gone into the match with something in mind. I am speaking as a fan, not as the ICC president. The ICC will see if this was done deliberately. Everything is on record. The ICC has to investigate and inquire the issue to see if there's anything to it."

Richardson replied in his comments: "Any suggestion that the match officials had 'an agenda' or did anything other than perform to the best of their ability are baseless and are refuted in the strongest possible terms."

The incident happened in the 40th over of India's innings when Rohit pulled a Rubel Hossain full-toss from waist-height and was caught at deep midwicket, but the umpires - Aleem Dar and Ian Gould - called it a no-ball, even though the ball was on its way down.

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  • M.G. on March 22, 2015, 15:43 GMT

    Appreciated your professionalism, Mr. Richardson, on commenting on Kamal's emotional carried away. Now how about completing your mission by critiquing Dar the umpir who committed the game changing mistake at the critical moment, depriving the viewers from a thrilling end!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2015, 10:18 GMT

    having read all tcresult of the gameomments i am confident that it was not a no ball.the ball is dipping down and rohit wa abut one yard infront of the wicket. this makes my comment more meaningful.it may not have changed the result postedonof the match but india would not have scored 300 runs and that would have been in ourfavour

  • Etienne on March 22, 2015, 8:06 GMT

    Just love the Indian fans that say it wouldn't have mattered. There's no way you can know that. It's wishful thinking and trying to obfuscate the issue. India got a huge advantage from a terrible decision. That's the issue. Perhaps one should draw the conclusion that those skirting around the issue are less than certain that India would have won.

  • Farhan on March 22, 2015, 6:45 GMT

    What would have happened is irrelevant. Nobody can know that. But the problem is, what should have happened did not happen. That's very much relevant, if we want to avoid such situations in future.

  • Neeraj on March 22, 2015, 1:26 GMT

    Funny part of all of these is that BD team and their fans think they would have won the game it was not called no ball. There were never ever going to win this anyway, not sure why so much outcry, they were a inferior team who over achieved thanks to under achieved english team.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2015, 17:23 GMT

    ICC is too diplomatic on big teams.it seems that there are 2 ICCs one for the bigger nations and the other for weak teams.....

  • Etienne on March 21, 2015, 10:35 GMT

    The ICC set itself up for this kind of outburst. Look at the decisions during this WC. Even giving a batsman out from a dead ball didn't draw any sanctions from the ICC. As unfortunate as the comments might have been, if the ICC was seen to be doing something about bad umpiring they would have had a leg to stand on. As it is, they deserve all the negative comments they receive.

  • arup on March 21, 2015, 10:28 GMT

    Will ICC always support the wrong decision? We hope, from the next time ICC will choice the better umpires for the biggest tournaments. ICC should say that it was a wrong decision. please forgive us. but they are not. they are trying to support the wrong decisions. it will turn down the popularity of cricket.

  • Romeo on March 21, 2015, 9:32 GMT

    Mr Kamal, the game itself is much bigger than Rohit, Aleem Dar, et al. So just cool down and prepare your country for the next WC. A lot of umpiring errors have happened in the game for generations: the game is nonetheless surviving very well and will continue to do so in the eternity. As the ICC Boss look at the bigger scenario and apply your all power in the office to develop and popularize the game further.

  • Romeo on March 21, 2015, 8:19 GMT

    To be honest, I would recommend Mr Kamal to step down because of breach of trust with the ICC core values. If he wants to be a fan, he should actually relinquish his position as the ICC chief. Only then he can pour grudge over anything and everything as a fan of a losing team. Martin Crow termed Rohit as a "beautiful player"...Kamal would do a favor to the cricketing community if he recognizes that at the same time criticizing what possibly was a 50-50 decision of a no-ball. I love cricket but not an expert. I howver feelthat even if Rohit was adjudged out, it would not have altered the result in any way.

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