Melbourne: The simmering row within the International Cricket Council took an ugly turn yesterday with its president Mustafa Kamal threatening to expose "mischievious" designs of some people who had denied him the "constitutional right" to hand over the World Cup Trophy.
ICC president Mustafa Kamal
The World Cup trophy was handed over to Australian captain Michael Clarke by chairman N Srinivasan after the final, but Kamal claimed that the ICC's amendment of its rules in January 2015 mandated the president to give away trophies at global competitions.
"I was supposed to give the trophy. It is my constitutional right. But very unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to do so. My rights were dishonoured. After I go back home, I will let the whole world know what's happening in ICC.
"I will let the whole world know about those guys who are doing these mischievous things," Kamal told Bangladeshi channels.
Kamal had made a stinging criticism about "umpiring bias" during Bangladesh's quarter-final loss to India in the World Cup. In that match, India's Rohit Sharma was not given out to a Rubel Hossain delivery which apparently looked a "touch and go" decision.
Kamal insisted that he had not spoken against any country but said that he was denied the opportunity of presenting the World Cup trophy for "speaking the truth".