ICC news November 22, 2011

Lorgat to not seek contract extension

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, will not seek to renew his term of office once it ends on June 30, 2012. Lorgat will have led the ICC for four years by the time he steps down after the 2012 annual conference scheduled in Kuala Lumpur.

Lorgat was offered a three-year extension to his initial three-year term, which ended in June 2011, but he accepted an extension of only one year. "My sense is to step aside after having delivered a successful ICC Cricket World Cup and the new global ICC strategy which is now in place," Lorgat said. "In 2010, I felt there was much work for me to complete during 2011 which included protecting the integrity of the game and restoring the reputation and image of the ICC.

"Having dealt decisively with the spot-fixing issues, delivered a highly successful ICC Cricket World Cup and adopted a new global strategy, I feel the time is right to move on.

"I am hopeful that the independent governance review currently in progress and due to be published after the next board meeting would find acceptable outcomes and thereby leave a legacy for future generations.

"Although disappointed that the Test World Championship will not be played in 2013, I am confident that with the strategic restructures we have undertaken, all three formats can be sustained at international level."

The ICC's nominations committee will use an executive recruitment agency to advertise and identify a successor for Lorgat. ICC vice-president Alan Isaac will manage the recruitment process.

Sharad Pawar, the ICC president, said Lorgat had helped the ICC overcome several challenges during his term. "Haroon Lorgat has steered the ICC through some tricky situations, such as the rescheduling of the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy, the location of the ICC headquarters in Dubai, the response to the Lahore attack, several doping issues, the recent spot-fixing hearings and the highly successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

"I am satisfied that his contribution to the ICC and to cricket leaves us in a solid position."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • MalolanR on November 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    I Would Recommend Some Former Player Who Has A Good Cricket Brain And Can Speak Out His Mind. He Also Must Make Sure That DRS Is Used In All Matches With All The Aspects Such As Hawk Eye , Hot Spot , Snicko , Etc. He Must Also Make Sure That Test Championship Is Played In Place Of The Pointless ICC T20 World Cup.

  • on November 23, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    To the people who suggest Lorgat has made ''a brilliant contribution to world cricket'', please enlighten us on these contributions? This man was in charge of the ICC when they decided, against 90% of public, player, coaching and press opinion, to destroy the future of Associates and Affiliates, destroy the format and make-up of World Cups, let Test cricket whither to two-match series, and subject us to endless meaningless games, played between the same three countries, aimed solely at lining the pockets of those selling their TV ad slots. Under his stewardship, the game has taken enormous strides backwards. The DRS - hugely popular with players and fans - has been shunned due to the illogical suspicions of the BCCI. The ICC is at civil war over the exclusion of Associates, and we are watching the death of Test cricket - not because it doesn't have a place, but because the people running cricket don't want it to have its place. They make more money from ODIs and T20.

  • on November 23, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    i think he has done a great job to cricket

  • on November 22, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    as a South African and pure South African cricket supporter i can say Haroon Lorgat who was convenor of selectors for the Proteas done an excellent job and infact was recalled back to join CSA but instead put his everything into ICC and history will tell you it was South African cricket at its best when he was part of CSA. so BCCI has nothing to do with it say what you like Haroon Lorgat will go down as a legend and a connoisseur in the cricketing world, it is easier said than done and easy to criticize but been in such position and to make such sacrifice an handle pressure in such a big organization i think his handled it more than well and a job well done. a brilliant contribution to world cricket.

  • on November 22, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Good riddance, I hope i could have better words-he basically served to make cricket into a two tiered structure and squeezed the game even further

  • SanjivAwesome on November 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I want that job. Lots of travel, money and stress.

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    If Lorgat and the ICC think that three temporary player bans - that came about only after a newspaper sting - have put an end to match fixing then the game's administration is in a far worse state than I ever imagined.

    For Lorgat's ''new global strategy'' read: ''killing off of Associate cricket, killing off of Test cricket, T20 and ODI overdose, destruction of the West Indies' cricket calendar, and more money for the few selling sub-continent advertising rights.''

    What a legacy to leave.

  • r1m2 on November 22, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I say, ICC brings in Lalit Modi to replace Lorgat. Modi has a knack for getting things done and done right. Look at where Modi took the IPL, and look at how it is doing since he was driven out.

    I think ICC wants to be relevant one more time, there are not many candidates out there who will have the cricket administration background to take over. I do see how India might have a problem with that. And I can say with 99.99% certainty Modi will not be the CEO of ICC.

    But as I said, if ICC really wanted to become relevant again, there's no one better out there...

  • ilovecricket1234 on November 22, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I personally feel that he did a wonderful job in handling so many contentious issues during his tenure! A job well done and I hope that the next president is nearly half good as you. You left behind big shoes to fill in but I'm sure an Indian will be able to fill those shoes. : )

  • Zahidsaltin on November 22, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    LETS have a CEO from an associate member and that too from an asian country. Or, Rameez Raja could be a good choice but only if he promises to get a haircut.

  • MalolanR on November 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    I Would Recommend Some Former Player Who Has A Good Cricket Brain And Can Speak Out His Mind. He Also Must Make Sure That DRS Is Used In All Matches With All The Aspects Such As Hawk Eye , Hot Spot , Snicko , Etc. He Must Also Make Sure That Test Championship Is Played In Place Of The Pointless ICC T20 World Cup.

  • on November 23, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    To the people who suggest Lorgat has made ''a brilliant contribution to world cricket'', please enlighten us on these contributions? This man was in charge of the ICC when they decided, against 90% of public, player, coaching and press opinion, to destroy the future of Associates and Affiliates, destroy the format and make-up of World Cups, let Test cricket whither to two-match series, and subject us to endless meaningless games, played between the same three countries, aimed solely at lining the pockets of those selling their TV ad slots. Under his stewardship, the game has taken enormous strides backwards. The DRS - hugely popular with players and fans - has been shunned due to the illogical suspicions of the BCCI. The ICC is at civil war over the exclusion of Associates, and we are watching the death of Test cricket - not because it doesn't have a place, but because the people running cricket don't want it to have its place. They make more money from ODIs and T20.

  • on November 23, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    i think he has done a great job to cricket

  • on November 22, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    as a South African and pure South African cricket supporter i can say Haroon Lorgat who was convenor of selectors for the Proteas done an excellent job and infact was recalled back to join CSA but instead put his everything into ICC and history will tell you it was South African cricket at its best when he was part of CSA. so BCCI has nothing to do with it say what you like Haroon Lorgat will go down as a legend and a connoisseur in the cricketing world, it is easier said than done and easy to criticize but been in such position and to make such sacrifice an handle pressure in such a big organization i think his handled it more than well and a job well done. a brilliant contribution to world cricket.

  • on November 22, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Good riddance, I hope i could have better words-he basically served to make cricket into a two tiered structure and squeezed the game even further

  • SanjivAwesome on November 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I want that job. Lots of travel, money and stress.

  • on November 22, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    If Lorgat and the ICC think that three temporary player bans - that came about only after a newspaper sting - have put an end to match fixing then the game's administration is in a far worse state than I ever imagined.

    For Lorgat's ''new global strategy'' read: ''killing off of Associate cricket, killing off of Test cricket, T20 and ODI overdose, destruction of the West Indies' cricket calendar, and more money for the few selling sub-continent advertising rights.''

    What a legacy to leave.

  • r1m2 on November 22, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    I say, ICC brings in Lalit Modi to replace Lorgat. Modi has a knack for getting things done and done right. Look at where Modi took the IPL, and look at how it is doing since he was driven out.

    I think ICC wants to be relevant one more time, there are not many candidates out there who will have the cricket administration background to take over. I do see how India might have a problem with that. And I can say with 99.99% certainty Modi will not be the CEO of ICC.

    But as I said, if ICC really wanted to become relevant again, there's no one better out there...

  • ilovecricket1234 on November 22, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    I personally feel that he did a wonderful job in handling so many contentious issues during his tenure! A job well done and I hope that the next president is nearly half good as you. You left behind big shoes to fill in but I'm sure an Indian will be able to fill those shoes. : )

  • Zahidsaltin on November 22, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    LETS have a CEO from an associate member and that too from an asian country. Or, Rameez Raja could be a good choice but only if he promises to get a haircut.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    You couldn't make ICC an independent body without being influenced by indian rupees. ACSU is a total failure and has never delivered any result. T20 championship among clubs from various member nations should not be allowed to be played as a domestic event of India as it naturally falls in ICC's jurisdiction.

  • Sportsscientist on November 22, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    the new head of the ICC should organise a proper test championship, and cricket will be alright...I have made the same suggestion so many times. I am sure people have read the bloggs and messages i have put up. but it seems no one cares. every one just wants to make quick money from T20 and pull out. but if you preserve test cricket .....you can maintian the flow of good quality T20 players who have a solid base in mutli day cricket.....I dont understand why people dont get it????

  • Uzair_Baig on November 22, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    He don't deserve either. His job was done when India won the worldcup.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Bye. Thanks for destroying Test cricket. That is all.

  • on November 22, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Oh Lord of Heavens, finally you have got us rid of man who managed to have the biggest and messiest era of cricket. History of cricket didnt see as many disasterous events that Mr. Logart provided in merely 4 years, not to mention finally ICC will not be BCCI anymore. Succesful World Cup 2011???? How about games as such where game results (Ties) were predicted and infact resulted as Tie.????

  • on November 22, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Just hope someone that actually has a clue takes over. Not holding my breath though.

  • crikbuff on November 22, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Wow! Now Mr. Pawar can put someone from his 'team' as ICC CEO... and BCCI will rule world cricket.. HA HA HA

  • Saeed.Lodhi on November 22, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I thought that Lorgat would never leave .....

    I hope that Lorgat is replaced with a former international cricketer, someone who understands cricket and cricketers ! ! !

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    I think brillant administretor who organised T/20 tornament after India refused to provied security moved the game to southafricaand success the man is not guilty until prooved and able to taker over from Mr,Logart rj pancholi

  • sfhr on November 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Good riddance ...Please do not come back in any capacity

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Now someone from BCCI will have to take that position and guide the ICC. It is not reserved for Eng/Aus and NZ. Sub continent teams do have their rights.

  • mihir_nam on November 22, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Well it should be good news for Associates now..Should bring good smile on their face.. Hope some Non BCCI member takes over

  • correctcall on November 22, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Mr Lorgat your achilles heel is DRS. The current shambles by which international cricket is played under a variable umpiring framework is bad for the image of the game. In the time left until you depart please bring make public the results of the Cambridge University testing of DRS, get an international sponsor (Emirates?) to fund its universal application under the direct control of the ICC umpires and FORCE India to accept DRS!

  • MalolanR on November 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Oh ! Thank God....At least now we wont have 100% of BCCI Dominance......

  • brainbox on November 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Fantastic news, glad to see him go.

  • spence1324 on November 22, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I guess this paves the way for someone in the BCCI to take over.........

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  • spence1324 on November 22, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I guess this paves the way for someone in the BCCI to take over.........

  • brainbox on November 22, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Fantastic news, glad to see him go.

  • MalolanR on November 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Oh ! Thank God....At least now we wont have 100% of BCCI Dominance......

  • correctcall on November 22, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Mr Lorgat your achilles heel is DRS. The current shambles by which international cricket is played under a variable umpiring framework is bad for the image of the game. In the time left until you depart please bring make public the results of the Cambridge University testing of DRS, get an international sponsor (Emirates?) to fund its universal application under the direct control of the ICC umpires and FORCE India to accept DRS!

  • mihir_nam on November 22, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Well it should be good news for Associates now..Should bring good smile on their face.. Hope some Non BCCI member takes over

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Now someone from BCCI will have to take that position and guide the ICC. It is not reserved for Eng/Aus and NZ. Sub continent teams do have their rights.

  • sfhr on November 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Good riddance ...Please do not come back in any capacity

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    I think brillant administretor who organised T/20 tornament after India refused to provied security moved the game to southafricaand success the man is not guilty until prooved and able to taker over from Mr,Logart rj pancholi

  • Saeed.Lodhi on November 22, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    I thought that Lorgat would never leave .....

    I hope that Lorgat is replaced with a former international cricketer, someone who understands cricket and cricketers ! ! !

  • crikbuff on November 22, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Wow! Now Mr. Pawar can put someone from his 'team' as ICC CEO... and BCCI will rule world cricket.. HA HA HA