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BCCI Sends Gift To Mustafa Kamal In Fence Mending Exercise

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to mend fences with former ICC president Mustafa Kamal, who had resigned after the 2015 World Cup quarter-final alleging foul play in Bangladesh’s defeat at the hands of India.

The Indian board’s chief sent Kamal a gift through India manager Biswarup Dey on the team’s current tour of Bangladesh, along with an official letter from the BCCI president’s office.

“As we look forward to developing our friendship further and as a token of love and appreciation from the cricket loving people of India, the administrative manager of the Indian Cricket Team is carrying with him an apparel prepared by skilled craftsmen of our country as a token of honour from our end,”  said the letter.

“We wish you all success and the very best  in your endeavours,” concluded the letter.

It must be noted that Dalmiya has very cordial relations with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), and it was during his past stint as ICC president that Bangladesh were granted Test status in the year 2000.

However, recent developments after the 2015 World Cup had soured some of those relations and led to Kamal resigning from his ICC post alleging that the apex body’s chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan scripted India’s win in quarter-final.

But Kamal maintains that his country’s relations with Dalmiya have always stayed warm.

“Mr. Dalmiya, of course, likes cricket like anything and he has helped our cricket. I am sure it must be in his mind that Bangladesh team is doing very good. At that time, he fought everyone and he supported Bangladesh. He said during his tenure as ICC president, ‘Give them [Test] status, they will perform’,” Kamal told Cricketnext.

“My relationship with him [Dalmiya] is very good. Bangladesh cricket’s relation with him is very good. Bangladesh cricket’s relation is extremely good with Indian cricket administration. I have been receiving letters from Mr. Dalmiya. Even day before yesterday, I received a letter from him. Our relations are good. He wishes us good and I wish Indian cricket good,” he said showing the letter to Crickentext during an interview at his office in the Bangladesh parliament.

Kamal is now a full-time politician as Bangladesh’s Planning Minister.

However, he had some strong words to say about Srinivasan.

“There are cases against his own family members, there are cases against him. It is a case of moral turpitude. A man with many negatives, he cannot be around the post of chairmanship or presidentship of a mega institution like the International Cricket Council,” Kamal said.

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