He was especially angry that India’s Rohit Sharma, who made 137, had not been given out when caught on 90 after umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signalled a no-ball for what appeared to be a legitimate waist-high delivery from Rubel Hossain. But ICC chief executive David Richardson, who labelled Kamal’s comments “very unfortunate”, defended the umpires by saying: “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.”
New Zealand and the West Indies complete the quarter-final stage in Wellington on Saturday, with the winners playing South Africa — who thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets — in Auckland on March 24. West Indies’ chances of victory won’t be helped if star batsman Chris Gayle, who earlier in this tournament scored a World Cup record 215 against Zimbabwe, is ruled out through injury.
The big-hitting opener trained for the first time this week on Friday, two days after receiving an injection in his lower back. “He (Gayle) has had an injection and a scan. The scan didn’t show anything major, so we’ll just see how he pulls up and make a decision tomorrow morning,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder. However, Holder stressed the West Indies — winners of the first two World Cups back in 1975 and 1979 — could still succeed even without the 35-year-old Jamaican, pointing to the composed 55 made by Johnson Charles when he stepped in for last weekend’s win over the UAE that saw the side into the last eight on net run-rate. “Johnson came in the last game and got a half-century and looked the part. So we’ve got people to fill his boots but obviously having Chris there is a plus for us.”