“India vs Bangladesh quarterfinal was fixed,” alleges ICC President
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) president Mr. Mustafa Kamal has alleged that the first quarterfinal of ongoing World Cup was pre-arranged in India’s favor. Mr. Kamal has threatened to quit the president-ship over umpires’ wrong decisions against Bangladesh. He said that the ICC’s acronym has seemed to stand for the “Indian Cricket Council.” The allegations have appeared after protests erupted in Bangladesh upon umpires’ ‘alleged’ wrong decisions in favor of Indian cricket team.
Mustafa Kamal, the ICC’s president, who belongs from Bangladesh and also a minister there, was talking to his country’s media in Melbourne after first quarterfinal between India and Bangladesh. “There was no quality in the umpiring. It looked like they took the field after it (the outcome) was pre-arranged,” he alleged.
The controversy appeared when during India vs Bangladesh quarterfinal, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Rubel Hossain and umpires, Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, unanimously singled a no-ball for what appeared to be a legal waist-high delivery. Sharma then scored 137 runs and played an important role in India’s victory. The cricket fans were also seemed furious at the dismissal of Mohammad Mahamudullah, who was caught by Dhawan close to the boundary rope.
“I cannot represent the Indian Cricket Council. If someone has imposed a result on us, in that case no one can accept it,” said Kamal in an interview. “As the ICC president, whatever I have to say I will say it in next meeting. It could happen that maybe I will resign,” he added.