ICC news March 30, 2015

ICC president rails at World Cup trophy snub


ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that the game's governing body denied him of his right to give the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony of the World Cup final on Sunday.

The trophy was handed over by ICC chairman N Srinivasan, despite the ICC's amendment of its rules in January 2015 to mandate that ICC president is supposed to give trophies at global competitions.

Kamal spoke to two Bangladeshi TV channels - Jamuna TV and 71 - following Sunday's final, accusing the ICC of not honouring his rights. He also warned of revealing information from within the governing body after he returns home.

"I was supposed to give the trophy today," Kamal said. "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."

He, however, told ESPNcricinfo that he would not connect Sunday's rebuff with his controversial comments on umpiring of the Bangladesh-India quarter-final held on March 19.

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".

The amendment to the memorandum and articles of association was unanimously approved by Full Council in January 2015. According to 3.3 (B): "With effect from the 2014 Conference Close Date, the President shall act solely as chairman at Conference and Special Meetings and be responsible for presenting trophies at global competitions and cricket events held under the aegis of the Council. For the avoidance of doubt, with effect from the 2014 Conference Close Date, the President will no longer act as chairman of the Executive Board or as chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee."

Emails to the ICC had not drawn any response.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2015, 17:47 GMT

    Long live people like Mustafa Kamal who dare to speak the truth.

  • Shabbir on April 2, 2015, 9:45 GMT

    We have Kamal on TV and media reports stating that he was not happy with many things in the ICC and that he resigned because of the way he has been mistreated as a president. On the other hand we have the ICC, claiming to have a letter from Kamal apologising for his behaviour, wishing the ICC well and resigning for personal reasons. .... Hmmm .... I think I will believe my eyes and ears rather than the evermore suspicious announcements coming from the ICC.

  • Tanveer on April 2, 2015, 5:37 GMT

    @GIANT-GURU. I strongly disagree mate. Its not only about NO/YES ball, Its about playing within the spirit of the game, playing it fairly. The decision may could change the outcome as well.

  • Mohammed on April 2, 2015, 4:03 GMT

    A 'NO' Ball or a 'YES' Ball....wouldn't have changed the outcome of the match....Bangladesh reaching the quarter finals in itself is what they could have just asked for...they would have anyways lost the match....Bangladesh playing quarter finals and loosing is like playing finals and winning for any other team.

  • Tanveer on April 1, 2015, 18:09 GMT

    Let us put away all the big words or analysis. Indian's have to accept that It was not a no ball...michael holding, shane warne, VVS and many has said about the poor umpiring decisions of the particular match. Bangladesh played poorly and was beaten by a superior team, no doubt, but the umpiring was also very poor, especially not going for 3rd umpire for that no-ball or not using zoom in technology in Mahmudulla's catch out.

  • Manesh on April 1, 2015, 8:52 GMT

    Good. You cannot act as a crtisizer as well as orginazer. Use any one of them. If you think consiperency in umpiring decisions, why do you hang in the position?.

  • Angshuman on April 1, 2015, 8:43 GMT

    How you people writing from your own side ? Only 1 question ----- If this is going on will be good for Cricket ? Seeing Bangladesh's condition any country like Ireland/Netherlands/Scotland/Zimbabwe/Afganistan and so many will take it easily ? Will Cricket become for all like football ? If not then what is the benefit of your ELATION ? Then world will respect the Cricket legends? Look into FIFA. May be some incident but not like these. Please think. Otherwise Cricket will loose it's POPULARITY.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2015, 8:10 GMT

    Mr Kamal should have realized this before voting in favor of big 3. What you show so shall you reap.

  • Russell on April 1, 2015, 6:27 GMT

    If you read my comments on the article previewing the QF, you'll know that I have nothing but regard for the players.. However, as with any organization or workplace, you don't go about publicly railing against whatever grievances you have... He clearly made those comments earlier to gain popularity at home, and in doing so jeopardized his professional standing... How does a man who publicly declares that he will resign in protest over decisions during the course of play expect to be treated with a red carpet by the same organisation? Before making this (yet another) anti-India protest please look at the issue in a larger context.. Never been a fan of the BCCI and it's office bearers either, but 2 sets of Jokers don't make an Ace..

  • Dan on April 1, 2015, 1:17 GMT

    Yes, I agreed whole heartedly that it should be the previous captain that hand the Cup over to the new winning captain. However if this was the winning captain 4 years ago then it should be a cricketing great or cricketing legend. @10yearstudent - and yes, would be very interesting to hear what he has to say about this ICC....

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