Aleem Dar's no-ball decision '50-50 call', Kamal's comments 'unfortunate': ICC

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Melbourne, March 20: The International Cricket Council has stepped in to control the damage done by its president Mustafa Kamal over his statement of "Indian Cricket Council" after the controversial no-ball decision from Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar.

World Cup Special; Aleem Dar under fire

Kamal threatened to quit as ICC president after Bangladesh lost their World Cup 2015 quarter-final to India yesterday (March 19) alleging umpiring errors. Dar's no-ball call on Rohit Sharma's dismissal has turned out into a massive controversy.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has backed match officials

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson today issued a statement saying Kamal's comments were "unfortunate" and were made in his "personal capacity". He said the no-ball decision was '50-50 call' and has backed the match officials.

Here is the full statement of ICC

"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."

OneIndia News

Story first published: Friday, March 20, 2015, 13:33 [IST]
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