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Cricket South Africa’s Haroon Lorgat out of the way as BCCI has its way

Reduced role of Lorgat in CSA means that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has had its way.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
October 23, 2013 1:54:45 am

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has told its chief executive Haroon Lorgat to stay away from all matters relating to India and the International Cricket Council even as the MS Dhoni-led team’s two-Test and three ODI tour to the African nation was officially confirmed on Tuesday.

The reduced role of Lorgat in CSA means that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has had its way. Lorgat has been advised to stay away from international matters till an ICC investigation is completed. The independent third-party probe will look into a statement released recently by former legal advisor of the CSA,David Becker which had criticised the ICC for being bullied by India,a joint release by BCCI and CSA said. Indian cricket board officials raised a strong objection to the statement,which they believed was done at the behest of Lorgat.

India’s tour to South Africa was at stake once Lorgat,who shares an acrimonious relationship with BCCI officials from his time as ICC chief executive,took up a similar post with Cricket South Africa earlier this year. However,matters had come to a head after Becker’s statement.

A BCCI and CSA joint statement on Tuesday said: “The agreement to tour was concluded by the two boards after various concerns were raised around the recent ICC Board meeting in London about the alleged conduct of CSA’s Chief Executive,Mr Haroon Lorgat,and recent comments made about the ICC Board by a former legal advisor to CSA,Mr David Becker.”

The statement further added,“The ICC and CSA have already refuted the comments made by Mr Becker,and the ICC is now considering its legal options in respect of the same. In addition,the ICC will convene an investigation by an independent third party (to be appointed by the ICC) into the content and distribution of the media comments,subsequent attempts to have them withdrawn,and,in particular,the role of Mr Lorgat in relation to these matters,” the statement said.

Pending the inquiry,the CA has barred Lorgat from representing it in the ICC.

“Pending the outcome of this investigation,CSA has ordered the withdrawal of Mr Lorgat from representing it at the ICC’s Chief Executive’s Committee (or from acting in any other ICC-related matters),and CSA has also withdrawn him from having involvement in any aspect of CSA’s relationship with the BCCI,including but not limited to the upcoming tour,” it added.

Later on Tuesday evening CSA clarified that Lorgat had not been suspended as was being reported in certain sections of the media.

CSA chairman Chris Nenzani said, “I would like to stress that Mr. Lorgat has not been suspended. In fact,(Lorgat) himself volunteered to withdraw from matters involving the ICC and the BCCI in his deliberations with the full Board at their meeting last Sunday.”

Sad day for cricket: SA players’ association

Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers’Association (SACA) described the curtailed India-South Africa series here as a sad day for the sport and said cricket in the country would be at an overall loss due to this decision.

Putting an end to weeks of speculation,the BCCI today gave its consent to India’s tour after Cricket South Africa (CSA) withdrew its CEO Haroon Lorgat from not just its dealings with the Indian Board but also the ICC Chief Executives Committee pending an enquiry into his actions.

“It’s a very sad day when international cricket becomes more about what happens off the field than what happens on it,” said SACA’s chief executive,Tony Irish.

“This is a huge blow not only to the players but also to the cricket loving public of South Africa.

“Everyone is now deprived of a meaningful series,especially in the Test format between the world’s top two cricket nations. I don’t see how this can possibly be in the interests of either cricket in this country or of the global game. Cricket is the loser,plain and simple,” he said.

Financial impact

Irish also lambasted the decision of a shorter tour for the financial impact it will have on players and development.

“CSA will suffer massive financial losses which will affect players,cricket programmes and cricket development at all levels in our country,” Irish said.

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