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Lorgat to not seek contract extension

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 22, 2011

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Haroon Lorgat at a press conference after Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty in London, Dubai, November 1, 2011
Haroon Lorgat: "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." © Getty Images
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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."

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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

i think he has done a great job to cricket

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (November 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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. : )

Posted by 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.

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