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February 4, 2014
Cricket South Africa has denied ESPNcricinfo's report that a patch-up with the BCCI over Haroon Lorgat is on the cards, saying it would "not consider deals that compromise our key principles". The report had said discussions were on which may result in CSA supporting the proposed ICC revamp in exchange for its chief executive, Lorgat, being reintegrated into top administration.
"While we are engaged in discussions with the ICC and other Members, including the BCCI, to find an acceptable way forward, we have not and will not consider deals that compromise our key principles and integrity," CSA president Chris Nenzani said in the statement. "This is a difficult time for global cricket and attempts to mislead and create confusion are not welcome.
"CSA vehemently denies any notion of deals being made with any other party. On the contrary we will seek to uphold good governance and our professional approach to find solutions to the current proposals being considered by all the Member boards.
"We have carefully considered the proposals and we have declared that we will engage further with the ICC and other Members to try and reach any consensus ahead of Saturday's ICC Board meeting and that position still stands."
CSA was one of four boards which originally came out in opposition of the 'position paper' put together by the BCCI, the ECB and Cricket Australia, which proposed greater governance and financial be vested in the three at the ICC level. CSA has not been on the best terms with the BCCI since it appointed Lorgat its chief, disregarding BCCI "concerns" over him. The BCCI had curtailed India's tour to South Africa in December.
Nenzani said CSA would "naturally" be interested in improving relations with the BCCI, but not at the expense of "good governance". "Naturally we want good relations with the ICC and all its Members, especially India, with whom we have always enjoyed a special relationship, but we will exercise our responsibilities with due care, skill and integrity and we will uphold the principles of good governance."
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