ICC president quits over World Cup trophy giving row

Dubai/Dhaka/Kolkata (IANS): International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal resigned on Wednesday, protesting against not being allowed to present the World Cup trophy and calling it a “flagrant violation” of the world body’s constitution.

The ICC confirmed Kamal’s resignatio and said its board will decide on the vacant position at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on April 15-16.

Indian cricket board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya refused to comment on the development.

In a statement, the ICC, however, said Kamal 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.

“Let the game of cricket under the leadership of ICC touch the hearts and minds of every cricket lover,” Kamal wrote in his letter to ICC chief executive David Richardson.

However, Kamal took a stronger stance while resigning from the post at a press conference in Dhaka earlier in the day, saying he was quitting to protest the “flagrant violation” of the ICC constitution and his decision was “final” and “not negotiable”, reports bdnews24.com.

Kamal had earlier voiced his dissatisfaction, saying the ICC had denied him his right to hand out the trophy to the champions at the post-match ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Kamal also said according to clause 3.3 of the ICC constitution, only the president has the right to hand over the trophy to the winners of a match like the World Cup final.

“I was supposed to present the trophy to the winners after the Melbourne final on March 29. But I couldn’t do that,” he said at a press conference.

“From here on, I will speak as the former president of the ICC. It is not possible to work with those who will violate the constitution. I want to let the people of the world know this,” he added.

Kamal’s resignation in a huff follows a massive spat between him and ICC chairman N. Srinivasan, who himself presented the glittering World Cup trophy to Michael Clarke, the skipper of winners Australia at the prize-giving ceremony after the final at Melbourne last Sunday.

Kamal criticised Srinivasan, saying he is worried about the future of cricket in the hands of this “controversial” figure.

“As the former ICC president, I’ll say, they are mentally imbalanced and are incapable of thinking normally. It is not the ICC’s fault. One or two people are like this, I’ve just paved the path for their removal,” he said.

“The person (Srinivasan) is controversial even in his own country. He is entangled in various cases. You know the nature of those cases. What will be the state of cricket if he is in charge?”

Australia defeated fellow tournament co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.

Srinivasan used Kamal’s outburst against what the Bangladeshi official alleged was “poor” umpiring in the India-Bangladesh quarter-final match and got others to support his decision to himself present the trophy to the winners.

In response to his comments on umpiring, ICC chief executive David Richardson hit back at Kamal, saying his remarks were “very unfortunate’.

Kamal was not on the dais during the presentation ceremony and Srinivasan was booed heavily by sections of the 93,000-strong crowd at the MCG. He had earlier threatened to reveal some of the ICC’s “dark secrets” following the spat.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday officially protested to the ICC over controversial rulings by umpires against Bangladesh during their World Cup quarter-final against India.

BCB chief executive officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said on Tuesday the board had lodged its protest on the day after the March 19 match.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dalmiya, however, refrained from commenting on the issue and said he would react only after reading the papers.

“I do not have the details, I cannot comment on anything that I don’t know, let the papers come and only then will I be able to give my reaction,” Dalmiya said.