- Kamal criticised umpires’ decision to award controversial no-ball against Rohit Sharma in India’s World Cup match with Bangladesh
- The Bangladeshi president alleged India had used its influence in the ICC
- Governing body asked him to withdraw his statement or apologise
- But Kamal confirmed his intention to step down
Mustafa Kamal resigned as ICC president on Wednesday, accusing India of influencing the outcome of the Cricket World Cup quarter-final against Bangladesh.
‘Everyone saw what happened during the Bangladesh-India match … India has influenced the outcome of the match using its position (in the ICC),’ Kamal, a Bangladeshi, said at the airport on his return from the tournament in Australia.
‘From now on, I am a former president of the ICC. I would have reacted similarly had it happened to any other country.’
Mustafa Kamal, pictured with the Cricket World Cup trophy, has stepped down as ICC President
Kamal has stepped down amid accusations that India influenced the outcome of a World Cup match
Kamal, also president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, criticised the umpires in the quarter-final, and questioned their partiality, over a disputed no-ball against India batsman Rohit Sharma.
Kamal said he spoke as a fan, and not the president, but International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson termed the criticism as ‘unfortunate.’
Kamal also said the ICC asked him to either withdraw his statement or apologise for his outburst, otherwise he would be denied the duty of handing the World Cup trophy to the winning captain at the final.
Kamal presents India’s Virat Kohli with a man of the match award during the 2014 World Twenty20
‘I told them during the meeting that I did not speak against any particular person or a country. Why should I apologise?,’ Kamal said.
‘I am the president of the ICC, to whom would I seek apology?’
ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan, of India, handed over the trophy to captain Michael Clarke after Australia defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in Sunday’s final in Melbourne.
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