South Africa news October 28, 2013

I don't believe my position is untenable - Lorgat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said that his position is not untenable and that there are other areas in South Africa's cricket administration where he could make a difference. Lorgat had been withdrawn by CSA from dealing with matters relating to the ICC or the BCCI until an independent investigation into the controversial comments made by the ICC's former legal head David Becker, and Lorgat's alleged role in it, was completed.

"I offered the board on Sunday past to step aside until the Indian tour was confirmed and until the allegation against me was cleared. I've got nothing to fear," Lorgat told Eyewitness News. "I did not want to be the person that would have held up [the tour] or had the tour cancelled. I was happy to stand aside and offer to the board to have someone else take care of it, because if that's what it takes for the tour to go ahead, no one person is bigger than the tour.

"I don't believe my position is untenable. There are plenty other things that need to be done at CSA. We've got a programme of development that needs to be revisited, there are transformation issues that need to be dealt with, there are competitions to unfold, there's a Twenty20 competition that we have not fully exploited. We've got that scheduled for January and I would love to see our international players playing in that competition. There is a lot to be done and to suggest it's an untenable state. I am looking forward to getting my focus in areas where I feel I can make a difference."

Although there was no official statement, CSA's appointment of Lorgat as its chief executive despite a series of run-ins between him and the BCCI during his tenure as ICC chief seemed to have cast a shadow over India's tour of South Africa. The BCCI, which had earlier raised concerns about Lorgat being in the running for CSA's top job, rejected the original itinerary for the tour that had three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s pencilled in. However, the eventual announcement of the tour ended an uncertain few months that severely tested the relations between the BCCI and CSA.

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  • Tahir on October 29, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @Bakhtiar_Wain: I don't agree with the notion that CSA did not stand by Lorgat. They hired him ignoring BCCI and did not send him on leave. He is out of BCCI affairs but CEOs don't deal with directly, they have their assistants to do that. Also, BCCI had to play bare minimum 2-test series to give 100dulkar farewell at home and avoid playing number one side just after so much of limited overs cricket at home. Losomg to SA might herald their ouster from test championship (as per calcs which BCCI might have done). Scrapping the whole series against top ranking test side would have been financial loss to BCCI as well who have to make separate money from cricket outside IPL (IPL money is from franchises). Therefore, SA had to manage it whether there was lorgat or not. BCCI bosses running here and there making complaints while Lorgat is sitting pretty and there are talks about legal implications of breaching ftp, ICC probe panel to investigate BCCI allegations etc., involving BCCI.

  • Biso on October 29, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Lilian Thompson: The Woolfe report is a shameless admission of the fact that ICC is incapable of running the ICC much less be capable of spreading the game without the lions share of the money provided by India. And there is no end to blinkered vision talk among many people here that BCCI is trying to drive the game to an end. If you call that report a document towards ideal governance then you are speaking for the incompetent men in ICC and most boards who are incapable of running the game without perpetual external aid. I can really imagine the attitude and performance of the so called independent men running the ICC if that report gets implemented. Do you really think the Indian's are going to accept such a report? Either you are ignorant or you expect Indian fans to be ignorant of facts on the ground.

  • John on October 29, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    It is becoming more and more apparent that money is the deciding factor in all matters pertaining to international cricket. The game itself, the sense of competition, are sliding into a quagmire of irrelevency. When players break do things "not in the spirit" of the game they are punished harshly, when administrators do it, there are no penalties or repecussions. Cricket is dead. The simple pleasure of watching players competing at a much loved sport is over. Instead cricket is turning into a trashy WWF type production complete with posturing managers (administrators), politics, betting, dancing girls and anything bizarre the marketing gurus can think of. Makes me sick.

  • Ashwin on October 28, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    OK, I registered on cricinfo just so I could post a comment in the context of this article. While I am not a fan of Srinivasan, I am so sick and tired of hearing all these "BCCI is a bully" tales. Let us consider the Lorgant/CSA episode. Lorgant is clearly a bull in a China shop and does not possess the tact necessary - as evidenced by his dealings while at the helm of the ICC and announcing the India tour without consulting the Indian board. Forget the fact that India pays the tab in Cricket, announcing a bilateral itinerary without taking the other board into confidence is a piss poor business practice. Only difference between CSA and BCCI (they both have confrontational leaders) is one pays the tab and the other eats a free meal. I have no idea why this "Woolf Report" is relevant, because all the self-righteous audits and reports seem to emanate from England. What, the rest the world is incapable of analysis without a "lord" to write up a few paragraphs?

  • Afsar on October 28, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @MK88 - you speak as BCCI is against the tests, what happenned to SA -SL test series this year, it was scrapped for SLPL which never took off anyway. CSA & SLCB also not interested in Tests then why alienate BCCI? AUS is wallopped for 8-0 in India, SL never won a test in India. Everybody is tiger at home. Dont bring 8-0 always in all discussions. BCCI is there for interest of Indian cricket and they are doing really well. india did well though in previous tours, which you do not consider anyway - what you see is what happenned 2 years back and bring that each and everytime in every discussion.

  • Sammy on October 28, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    BCCI trying to boss CSA is not deliberate and purely unintentional!

  • iman on October 28, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Really BAD BAD move by CSA by bowing down to BCCI. Right now thats what it looks like as CSA just bent over for BCCI, and not even for the full tour. Had India come in for full tour, I would have said ok, CSA is still loosing money.

    But from credibility point of view, CSA has shown no back bone, wolf came howling and they threw Lorgat in front, which shows CSA as a back-stabbing organization with no balls....

    This shows how strong BCCI is...that even ICC has no say in it. Bascially what BCCI said here, " we dont care about ICC "

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    It may very well be that BCCI had issues with Lorgat during his time with the ICC. This may have influenced the curtailed tour to SA by the Indians. However, forget the politics and perhaps consider that the BCCI manufactured this fight to ensure that their favourite son, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th test in India or else it would have been in SA. Tendulkar will play these tests against the 6th ranked West Indian team instead of the number 1 test team. So BCCI wins again - full capacity stadiums in India bringing in more money and all of India will proudly watch Tendulkar playing these games on home soil and will probably pummel the West Indians on the sub continent pitches. Will it be a true test to honour the incredible career of one of the icons of the modern game? Lorgat and CSA will survive this despite the financial loses and will live another day and so will the BCCI (as long as they forget about honour and what was called the gentleman's game and follow the money).

  • Afsar on October 28, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    @LillianThomson - Woolf Report is nothing as to take the whole revenue from all boards into ICC and ICC will pay to all boards. When 70% of the revenue is from BCCI and you want BCCI to agree to woolf report and take 10 - 20% of their revenue instead of 70%? Woolf Report is good for boards like SLCB, PCB, kenya, ZIM, WI, SA, NZ and associates with poor revenue. instead of implement revenue sharing, harron should have done more to cricket to be globalized like arranging matches for Associates with BD, WI. Sponsoring matches for Associates with bottom 4 of top-10 test countires to get experience. BD & ZIM hardly get test matches with top teams. Even India played recently with ZIM in ZIM where AUS & ENG didn't play there from a decade. We all want Cricket should be globalized not the revenue from one Board. BCCI dis so many good things to Indian Cricket, they look after well their players even after their retirement, no other board does it.

  • Android on October 28, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    series between different nations are under icc , from the umpires nominated to the determination of the credibility of the cricket played. The issue here is the appalling lack of governance presented via the conflicts in interest littered across the management of the sport. the players maybe professional but the administrators are amateur

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