Dhaka, March 20: The controversy over Aleem Dar's no-ball refuses to end. Now, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Mustafa Kamal has joined in to criticise the Pakistan umpire and went on to accuse India for the blunder, saying ICC had now become "Indian Cricket Council".
According to a report in "Dhaka Tribune" in Bangladesh, Mustafa, who is also country's Planning Minister, said he was ready to resign from ICC.
Yesterday (March 19) in the second quarter-final of ICC World Cup 2015 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Dar made an error by signalling a no-ball when Rohit Sharma was caught off a full toss from Rubel Hossain. At the time, Rohit was on 90 and went on to make 137. The ball was below the waist and not above, for which no-ball will be called.
The incident, which happened in the 40th over, saw Rohit being caught at deep midwicket by Imrul Kayes. Dar, standing at square-leg, indicated it was a no-ball to his colleague Ian Gould (England) and the later signalled.
Former cricketers also slammed Dar's decision. Spin legend Shane Warne, who was on commentary at the time, said Bangladesh were denied a wicket.
"That should have been a wicket. The ball was under the waist. He (Aleem Dar) has lost his confidence," Warne said.
The report in "Dhaka Tribune" said, Mustafa told "Shomoy TV" channel that "If needed, I will resign from the ICC. Once can be part of the ICC but not the Indian Cricket Council."
The comments from its president will certainly embarrass the world governing body, which has N Srinivasan of India as its chairman.
There were reports that Bangladesh will lodge a protest with ICC against umpiring decisions in the match.