With Bangladesh aggrieved after the controversy surrounding their quarter-final against India at the recently concluded ICC World Cup, followed by the then ICC President Mustafa Kamal being snubbed at the presentation ceremony during the final at MCG, it was only a matter of time for Kamal to put down his papers and therefore his resignation from the top ICC post didn’t come as a surprise to many.
But there is greater significance to Kamal’s resignation than just seeing it as a step he had taken to justify his displeasure over umpiring in the quarter-final.
Kamal was not only the ICC President but also the Minister for Planning in Bangladesh and when he was denied the opportunity to present the World Cup trophy, it was no less than humiliation for the entire country than just the cricket fraternity of Bangladesh.
According to a report in The Telegraph, top sources in Bangladesh revealed that snubbing Kamal may have outraged a large number of people in the country, let alone the Opposition party in the country that was waiting to make a huge uproar and gain some brownie points in the wake of the incident.
“Kamal did the honourable thing [by resigning as ICC President), doing what was best under the circumstances. In fact, his resignation has made him a national hero…More important, Kamal didn’t give the Opposition any chance to make capital of an unfortunate happening. Smart of him,” one of the top sources in Bangladesh told The Telegraph on Friday.
Kamal got a huge round of applause when he entered the Parliament after his resignation and was “hugged” by fellow-MPs. His efforts were praised all across the party line.
According to sources, Kamal has already had a one-on-one conversation with Sheikh Hasina who seemed to be really impressed and lauded him for making the “right decision.”
Bangladesh are yet to nominate a new candidate to fill in the post that leaves the ICC with quite a few options, one of which is making N Srinivasan the President along with being the Chairman of the ICC for the next three months as there are no ICC events between now and the end of June, when the Annual Conference will be held in Barbados.
Bangladesh can also nominate a candidate to complete the three months left in Kamal’s one-year term or the next President in line, Pakistan’s Najam Sethi, may be appointed three months before his tenure starts.
“The options would come up only after the Executive Board has reviewed Kamal’s decision to quit. There’s a protocol in place,” the well-placed source said.
So there might be more drama on the cards in the coming weeks.