ICC news November 22, 2011

Lorgat to not seek contract extension

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."