Melbourne: Former ICC President Malcolm Gray says Malcolm Speed’s premature exit as the Chief Executive Officer of cricket’s world governing body smacks of racial bias and shows that the game’s management is being increasingly influenced by money and power.

Speed was asked to go on paid leave after a “fundamental breakdown” between the Australian and ICC President Ray Mali and member boards over the issue of Zimbabwe Cricket Union’s (ZCU) financial records.

Disgraceful

“I think it’s disgraceful. To me it smacks of mismanagement of a man leaving his position. By doing this it just shows there are problems,” Gray told The Age.

“I suspect parts of the problems ... have been brought about by the use of power, with the money flowing in, underlying a lot of decisions in international bodies. Regrettably, there are racial connotations,” he fumed.

Gray said the episode has sullied the ICC’s image. —PTI

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