The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson issued the following statement following the controversy that surrounded the no-ball call that was awarded in favour of India during the the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final against Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday.
The official release read –
The ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal’s comments, which are very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity. As an ICC President, he should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned. The no-ball decision was a 50-50 call. The spirit of the game dictates that the umpire’s decision is final and must be respected. Any suggestion that the match officials had “an agenda” or did anything other than perform to the best of their ability are baseless and are refuted in the strongest possible terms. We now look forward to an exciting last few matches of what has been a very successful and interesting ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
More to follow…..