VIDEO: ICC President Mostafa Kamal quits over match-fixing claims

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Mostafa Kamal quit as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday after accusing India of influencing World Cup result.


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Kamal walks away from the ICC with immediate effect.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that Mustafa Kamal has tendered his resignation as the ICC President with immediate effect.

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In his resignation letter to the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, Kamal said he was stepping down on personal grounds and offered his apologies to all associated with the ICC, 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,” he wrote in his letter.

The ICC Board will now consider the vacant position of the ICC President at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on 15 and 16 April.

Kamal was vocal against poor umpiring standards in Bangladesh’s defeat at the hands of India in World Cup quarter-finals and felt that Bangladesh were forced out of the competition. 

In addition, Kamal also felt distraught for not being allowed to hand over the World Cup trophy to worthy champions Australia.

Instead it was ICC Chairman N Srinavasan who handed over the trophy while Kamal claimed that it was his right according to the ICC constitution.

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Cricket Council Controversy: Mustafa Kamal.

Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council on Wednesday, saying he had been prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy after claiming one of the matches was fixed.

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Kamal, a Bangladeshi national, told reporters he had been ordered to apologise for the incendiary claim that his country’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to India was “pre-arranged”.

He said after the match last month that there was “no quality in the umpiring”, casting a shadow over an otherwise successful tournament and earning a sharp rebuke from ICC chief executive David Richardson.

He later complained that he had been deprived of his “right” as ICC president to present the trophy to the winners, Australia.

Instead that honour went to India’s Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who took over as ICC chairman last year and who was booed at the ceremony. 

“I resign right at this moment. I am no longer ICC president,” Kamal told reporters at the airport in Dhaka, where he arrived from Singapore on Wednesday.

“The main reason for my resignation is that I can’t work with those who can act unconstitutionally and unlawfully.”

An ICC spokesman told AFP by phone the world body had “not received any information” about Kamal’s resignation, refusing to comment further.

A spokesman for Kamal said he had sent a resignation letter to Richardson.

Kamal’s position has been largely ceremonial since Srinivasan took office as ICC chairman last year.

On Wednesday, Kamal launched an extraordinary attack on the Indian national, calling him “rotten” and “controversial” and suggesting the ICC could stand for “Indian Cricket Council”.

“I feel bad even to mention his name,” he said. “If that man is in charge of cricket, how will cricket run?”

Kamal, who is a government minister in Bangladesh, had earlier threatened to quit over the umpiring of the quarter final.

He said he had been told he would only be allowed to present the trophy if we withdrew his claim of bias.

“I will not withdraw the statement because it was the sentiment of 160 million people,” he said, referring to the population of Bangladesh.

“Then they told me, if you can’t submit an apology or withdraw the statement, you can’t present the trophy,” Kamal said.

Last month’s match was the first time Bangladesh had reached the World Cup quarter-finals and emotions in the cricket-mad country ran high after their 109-run defeat by India.

Fans openly wept and an effigy of umpire Aleem Dar, who is from rival nation Pakistan, was burnt in the street.

Kamal said he had told ICC bosses it would be “unconstitutional” to allow anyone else to hand over the trophy.

“In that match, I had the right to give the trophy to the champions,” he said.

“Only the ICC president has the right to present the trophy in ICC world events.”

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