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posted on April 01, 2015 04:23
Mustafa Kamal, the ICC president, has resigned from his position, saying he took the decision "in protest [against] those who worked unconstitutionally, and for the greater good of cricket." His resignation follows a public falling out with the ICC stemming from the India-Bangladesh quarter-final at the World Cup, when he had strongly criticised the umpires - even questioning their motives - over a dubious no-ball call that went against Bangladesh.
The ICC has neither confirmed nor denied Kamal's resignation nor commented on his allegations.
Kamal had hinted at his resignation in comments made to reporters in Melbourne after the World Cup final, where he was passed over for the duty of handing out the trophy to the winners. He protested that the decision went against his his right as ICC president but to no avail.
On Wednesday, he announced his resignation after landing in Dhaka and related the sequence of events that he said had forced his decision. He said the comments he'd made after the India-Bangladesh match were the subject of a meeting organised by ICC chairman N Srinivasan and attended by half a dozen directors.
Kamal said he was asked to apologise for his statements, but he refused. He said he was then asked to withdraw them, to which he replied that he would not and said he was only willing to explain the reasons behind them.
Following that Kamal alleged he was told he wouldn't be able to give out the World Cup trophy. Kamal said the meeting itself was unconstitutional since, according to him, it was the president who has the power to summon such a gathering.
The powers of the president were greatly reduced following changes to the ICC constitution that came into effect in 2014 - the year Kamal, currently a minister in Bangladesh's federal government, assumed office. Those changes effectively turned the president into a figurehead and a bulk of the power was transferred to the chairman.