ICC hit back at ‘agenda’ claims

2015 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have hit back at suggestions that the umpires in the World Cup quarter-final match between India and Bangladesh went into the game with an 'agenda'.

Bangladesh were furious with some of the calls taken by the officials at the MCG on Thursday, especially a no-ball call when India batsman Rohit Sharma was caught on the boundary. The no-ball was called for a full-toss being above waist height but replays showed it was a marginal decision.

Rohit, who was on 90 at the time of the catch, went on to score an important 137. On Thursday Bangladesh's ICC president Mustafa Kamal said the umpires came into the match with an agenda.

Kamal said: "From what I have seen, the umpiring was very poor. There was no quality in the umpiring. It seemed as if they had gone into the match with something in mind."

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said on Friday: "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. he 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."

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