Kamal quits ICC role – reports

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Mustafa Kamal has resigned as International Cricket Council president and has accused the body of acting “unconstitutionally” and “unlawfully”, according to reports.

Kamal’s apparent decision comes after he threatened to reveal details of “mischievous things” he claims are taking place at the ICC and after h e did not participate in the World Cup final presentation ceremony on Sunday.

ICC chairman N Srinivasan awarded the trophy to Australia captain Michael Clarke after their seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Melbourne, but I CC protocol dictates that Kamal should have undertaken this duty.

It marks a turbulent few weeks for Kamal after the Bangladeshi politician criticised the umpiring at the World Cup following the Tigers’ quarter-final defeat to India – a match partially notable for marginal decisions by the on-field and third umpires.

Kamal suggested afterwards that the ‘I’ in ICC stood in effect for ‘India’ rather than ‘International’. ICC chief executive David Richardson later described Kamal’s remarks as “unfortunate”.

Sunday’s snub appears to have convinced Kamal, who succeeded Alan Isaac as ICC president in June last year, that his position was untenable and he told the media of his intention to stand down on Wednesday after flying back to Dhaka from Australia.

“I resign right at this moment. I am no longer ICC president,” he said at a press conference at Shahjalal International Airport.

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

An ICC spokesman told Press Association Sport that although it was aware of the reports, the body had not received confirmation from Kamal that he wished to leave his post.

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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