Umpires were not biased – Richardson

"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"

“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”

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International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has lashed out at the organisation’s president after he questioned whether the umpires had been biased during the World Cup quarter-final match featuring India and Bangladesh.

Richardson noted that Mustafa Kamal’s allegations about the umpires’ decisions being “pre-arranged” were “unfortunate” and “baseless”.

Kamal was specifically angry about the fact when India opener Rohit Sharma, who made 137, was given not out on 90 when he was caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Rubel Hossain. Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signalled a no-ball since the delivery appeared to be over Sharma’s waist. However, replays showed that both umpires were wrong.

“The ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal’s comments, which are very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity,” Richardson said. “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.”

Kamal revealed that he was considering leaving his post as ICC president in protest of the biased officiating.

“As the ICC president, whatever I have to say I will say it in next meeting. It could happen that maybe I will resign,” Kamal said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, Nazmul Hassan, has confirmed that the board will be sending an “official complaint” to the ICC.

“The BCB will not appeal for a review of the controversial umpiring decisions,” he said. “It’s of no use. It won’t change the result.

“We have decided that we will lodge an official complaint with the ICC against the controversial umpiring.”

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