Lorgat cleared of FTP-related charge
Haroon Lorgat, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, has been cleared of allegations that he had knowledge of the controversial statement about the ICC Board and the FTP by David Becker, the ICC's former legal head, and helped prepare it. Lorgat was also exonerated, by an independent adjudicator appointed by the ICC, of the charge that he had allegedly tried to bribe and threaten journalists.
As a result, any restrictions on Lorgat's ability to act as CSA chief executive were removed. He can now resume acting as the board's representative on the ICC Chief Executive's Committee and deal with affairs involving the BCCI.
"With this unsavoury matter now behind us I look forward to getting on with the real challenges that we need to deal with," Lorgat said. "It was a costly but necessary exercise once the allegations were made. I am pleased it is now behind us and I must thank my Board for their unequivocal support plus the many other people, including members of the public, who stood firm with me during this period."
ICC president Alan Isaac said: "The ICC notes and accepts the decision of the independent adjudicator. We are pleased that the matter has been resolved and that all parties can now move on in a spirit of mutual cooperation, working together constructively for the good of cricket."
CSA President Chris Nenzani said: "This is as clear as it gets and vindicates CSA and Mr. Lorgat's determination that the investigation be properly concluded following recent offers to drop the investigation. It is only fair and just for both CSA and to Mr. Lorgat that the process was properly concluded.
"As we expected, all the allegations have been dismissed and the Board would like to reiterate its full trust and confidence in Mr. Lorgat as its Chief Executive. To date the Board has been satisfied and indeed impressed with the progress made under his leadership."
In October 2013, Becker had suggested that the BCCI's flouting of the FTP could have legal implications and that it was "improper" to allow a member body to "blatantly disregard an ICC resolution". Becker revealed he resigned from his ICC post because of what he considered "questionable governance" at the ICC and listed three examples, all relating to the "dominance of BCCI President N Srinivasan". The ICC then commissioned an inquiry into Lorgat's alleged role in that statement but did not disclose who constituted the inquiry committee.