WELLINGTON — World Cup umpires have reportedly been fuming over scathing remarks, levelled against them by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Bangladeshi president Mustafa Kamal following his country's defeat to India in the tournament quarterfinal.
Reflecting on a controversial decision by umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar that spared India century-maker Rohit Sharma his wicket, Kamal said that the umpiring was very poor, adding that it seemed as if they had gone into the match with something in mind.
The ICC's Bangladesh president further said that the ICC would see if this was done deliberately as it has to investigate and inquire the issue to see if there's anything to it.
Slamming the comments by Kamal, ICC chief executive David Richardson stated that the ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal's comments, which were very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity.
Richardson insisted that as an ICC President, Kamal should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Richardon admitted that the spirit of the game dictates that the umpire's decision is final and must be respected, adding that 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.