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Srinivasan steals Kamal’s moment at trophy ceremony

Update : 29 Mar 2015, 07:13 PM

International Cricket Council President AHM Mostafa Kamal says he will take legal action against the ICC for not letting him present the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy to champions Australia in Melbourne yesterday.

According to the ICC constitution, the president will “present trophies at global competitions.”

Kamal’s moment was stolen by the organisation’s Chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan as the Indian, booed to the podium, gave the trophy to Australia captain Michael Clarke.

What irked the general public was that the ICC did not even extend the courtesy of inviting Kamal to the presentation party.

“I am very disappointed to see this and I will consult the relevant authorities once I return to Dhaka and make a strong decision on this,” Kamal, the former Bangladesh Cricket Board president and Bangladesh’s planning minister, told the media in Melbourne yesterday. “I will take legal action if needed.”

A Kolkata-based daily reported that the move had been planned. It said: “Srinivasan, the ICC chairman, had decided that he and not ICC president Kamal would give away the World Cup to the winning captain whereas the ICC’s constitution clearly states that the president will present trophies at global competitions.”

It was during Jagmohan Dalmiya’s tenure (1997-2000) that the ICC president started to give away the World Cup. The first presentation was in the 1999 edition.

The report also said Srinivasan usurped Kamal’s role during an “informal” meeting of the ICC’s board members held in Melbourne on Saturday. Kamal protested, citing the constitution, but he was left isolated.

According to sources, Mostafa Kamal was insulted not once but twice and was asked to leave the meeting room when his conduct came up for discussion.

The informal ICC meeting also agreed on asking Kamal to explain his stinging comments on the umpiring after India halted Bangladesh in the quarter-final. Kamal offered a verbal explanation straight away, saying he had expressed his views in an “individual capacity” and not as the ICC president.

However, Kamal’s explanation did not seem to impress Srinivasan and the others. The board asked Kamal to prepare a written explanation which would be discussed during the full-fledged ICC board meeting next month in Dubai.

Srinivasan has been barred by the Indian Supreme Court from seeking re-election as the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Kamal, the first president after the ICC’s restructuring, has three months of his one-year term left. 

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