Less than a week after being usurped by ICC chairman N. Srinivasan to the MCG podium for the presentation ceremony of the World Cup, the apex cricket body’s president Mustafa Kamal resigned on Wednesday. On his arrival in Dhaka, Kamal tendered his resignation from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president.
Kamal had criticised the umpiring in the quarterfinal game between India and Bangladesh and then refused to issue an apology or withdraw the comment. Kamal’s decision to stand his ground resulted in the ICC board with N. Srinivasan at the helm, at an informal meeting, deciding to withdraw him from the trophy-presentation ceremony, it is learnt.
Srinivasan was given the role instead and he presented the trophy to Michael Clarke. However, Kamal was having none of it on Wednesday.
“I was supposed to present the trophy to the winners after the Melbourne final. But I couldn’t do that. People with ugly mindset had no business running the ICC. I’m just sending my resignation to the ICC, for I was not allowed to work in line with the ICC constitution” Kamal told reporters at the Dhaka airport.
Kamal was denied the honour of handing over the World Cup winners’ trophy to the champions, though the ICC constitution guarantees him this right.
The ICC constitution’s Clause 3.3 (B) states, “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.”
Kamal’s outburst regarding umpiring decisions concerned the no-ball call that gave Rohit Sharma a reprieve. The India opener went on to score a match-winning hundred. A marginal leg before call against Suresh Raina, too, went in India’s favour. Bangladesh lost the match by 109 runs, which ended their World Cup campaign.
Kamal was livid. “There was no quality in the umpiring. It seemed as if they had gone into the match with something in mind. ICC has become Indian Cricket Council,” Kamal was quoted as saying. He, however, clarified that he spoke in his personal capacity and not as the ICC president. But the ICC took exception. It termed Kamal’s allegations as “unfortunate” and “baseless”.
“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,” chief executive David Richardson said in a media release.
Kamal succeeded Alan Isaac as ICC president as the global body underwent a structural overhaul last year. Srinivasan became its first chairman with the power to run the executive affairs.
The president’s post became largely ceremonial but it has had some privileges attached to it. Kamal felt he had been robbed of his constitutional rights and privileges.
ICC confirms resignation
The ICC has confirmed Kamal’s resignation saying that the executive board will consider appointing a successor during its meeting in Dubai on April 15 and 16.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday had confirmed that Mr Mustafa Kamal has tendered his resignation as the ICC president with immediate effect.”
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, 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,” he wrote. “The ICC Board will now consider the vacant position of the ICC President at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on 15 and16 April,” ICC said in a press release.