ICC head quits over World Cup trophy snub

Mustafa Kamal has resigned as president of the International Cricket Council after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy.

Kamal accused the ICC of behaving “unlawfully” after he was barred from making the presentation. He said he was blocked because he refused to withdraw an incendiary allegation of match-fixing.

The Bangladeshi national had said after his country’s World Cup quarter-final defeat by India that there was “no quality in the umpiring” and suggested the result had been “pre-arranged”.

The claim drew a sharp rebuke from ICC chief executive David Richardson and Kamal later complained that he had been deprived of his “right” as ICC president to present the trophy to the winners, Australia, in Melbourne last Sunday.

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 on Wednesday from Singapore.

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

The ICC confirmed that Kamal had resigned in a letter to the organisation but said the outgoing president had cited “personal” reasons and had not made any complaint against any individual.

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