Dhaka - Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket
Council on Wednesday, saying he had been prevented from presenting the
Cricket World Cup trophy after claiming one of the matches was fixed.
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 chairperson 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
"The main reason for my resignation is that I can't work with those who can act unconstitutionally and unlawfully."
An ICC spokesperson said the world body had "not received
any information" about Kamal's resignation, refusing to comment further.
A spokesperson for Kamal said he had sent a resignation letter to Richardson.
Kamal's position has been largely ceremonial since Srinivasan took office as ICC chairperson 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."