Peeved ICC president leaves MCG
Peeved at not being given the opportunity to hand out the World Cup trophy to the champions, ICC president Mustafa Kamal on Sunday left the Melbourne Cricket Ground even before the final between Australia and New Zealand finished.
It was ICC chairman N Srinivasan, who handed the World Cup to champion team’s skipper Michael Clarke with tournament Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar, ICC CEO Dave Richardson and Cricket Australia supremo Wally Edwards sharing the dais with the Tamil Nadu strongman. According to reliable sources in the ICC, it was learnt that at an ICC meeting here yesterday, Kamal was categorically told that he won’t be allowed to hand over the trophy. It has been learnt that Srinivasan is extremely angry after Kamal voiced his concerns about “umpiring bias”, which led to Rohit Sharma being given not-out to a Rubel Hossain delivery which apparently looked a “touch and go” decision.
Kamal, who is the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president had accused India of flexing its muscles, which had led to umpiring bias. Srinivasan reportedly wasn’t one bit amused after hearing Kamal’s comments on record. Kamal, on Sunday, reportedly didn’t sit in the ICC hospitality box and after talking to elite group of people in Bangladesh government (he is a union minister also), Kamal decided to leave the venue as he felt that it was an insult to his position.