Melbourn: Narayanswami Srinivasan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, has handed over cricket World Cup trophy to the winning captain violating ICC constitution.
The Telegraph, a newspaper of Kolkata on Saturday reported that Srinivasan had decided that he and not ICC president A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal would give away the World Cup to the winning captain.
In the World Cup final match on Sunday, Australia beat New Zealand.
The ICC's constitution clearly states that the president will "present trophies at global competitions".
It was during Jagmohan Dalmiya's tenure (1997-2000) that the ICC president started to give away the World Cup. The first presentation was in the 1999 edition.
Srinivasan usurped Kamal's role during an "informal" meeting of the ICC's board members on Saturday afternoon.
Kamal protested, citing the constitution, but he was isolated.
One understands that Kamal, Bangladesh's minister for planning, was insulted not once but twice, and asked to leave the venue of the meeting when his "conduct" came up for discussion.
With Srinivasan taking the lead, the "informal meeting" also agreed on asking Kamal to "explain" his stinging comments on the umpiring after India halted Bangladesh in the quarter final.
Kamal did offer a verbal explanation straightaway, basically that he'd consistently maintained his views were in his "individual capacity" and not as president of the ICC.
That didn't seem to impress Srinivasan and Kamal must now give his explanation in writing. That would come up for discussion during next month's full-fledged board meeting in Dubai.
Kamal's ill-advised reaction after the India-Bangladesh match has actually come in handy for Srinivasan to beat him with.
But should Srinivasan, barred by the Supreme Court back home from seeking re-election as head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, have taken upon himself one of the "duties" of the ICC president?
Kamal, the first president after the ICC's restructuring, has three months of his one-year term left.