The Bangladesh cricket officials and members of the ICC have shared a cold vibe in the months gone by. The main reason behind such a nervy equation between the two parties takes us back to the 2015 World Cup. Firstly, things got sour when Bangladesh lost to India in a quarter final full of controversies. Post the game, Mustafa Kamal, a Bangladeshi as well as the President of the ICC openly questioned the umpiring blunders. Secondly, Kamal was then sidelined at the presentation ceremony of the World Cup final, as Srinivasan took over. Kamal then handed over his resignation as the ICC President.
In an interview with Cricketnext, Kamal openly ridiculed Srinivasan and said that a person of his stature should be nowhere near the supreme body of cricket. “While I was with the ICC, I raised my voice and I opposed Srinivasan’s wrongdoing; and since I couldn’t accept his wrongdoings, I had no other choice and no option left other than to resign from the ICC President’s post,” Kamal said.
“He (Srinivasan) has defamed this game of cricket and the institution itself. He has defamed himself, and that is his bad luck,” the former ICC president said. “In the presentation ceremony [for the 2015 World Cup final], Srinivasan was there. He thought that everybody will appreciate that but none appreciated. I warned him not to do [that] because everybody knows the ICC Constitution. It is the president’s prerogative.”
Kamal also said that no one in the cricketing arena ever appreciated Srinivasan. “Every time it has been done like that. So when they [general public] will see something is coming up differently, they will not accept it gracefully. So they were opposing it and expressed their sentiments against Srinivasan. It was not a good way, shouldn’t have happened like that,” he said.
The Bangladeshi also spoke about Srinivasan’s alleged role in the IPL spot fixing issue, where his son in law was found guilty. “I am very clear on my views. A man should be clean. Against his own family members there are cases, against him there are cases. So, it’s a case of moral aptitude. A man having this sort of negatives against him, he cannot run the post of chairmanship of a mega institution like ICC. Had there been any other person and not him, even if I would have been in his place, I would have stepped down long back,” he said.