Haroon Lorgat off the hook following ICC probe

2014-03-13 12:51

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Cricket SA chief executive Haroon Lorgat has been exonerated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following comments made by former ICC legal head David Becker.

An independent inquiry was sanctioned by the cricketing governing body into the comments made by Becker regarding the future tours programme and the legal implications it may have for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of their shortened tour of South Africa, which took place in December last year.

The BCCI had taken issue with Cricket SA’s employment of Lorgat as its CEO as Lorgat had had several run-ins with the powerful Indian board during his tenure as ICC CEO.

Becker told various news outlets that it was improper for a member organisation to disregard an ICC resolution.

There were allegations that Lorgat had been involved in Becker’s comments.

The investigation centred around allegations that:

» Lorgat knew about the Becker media statement and its contents prior to or at the time of its initial distribution;

» Lorgat was involved in the preparation of the David Becker media statement; and

» Lorgat attempted to persuade a number of different journalists on separate occasions to delay and/or withdraw the story/David Becker media statement by offering to do something for them in return, allegedly bribing and eventually threatening the journalists.

CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement he was pleased that Lorgat had been vindicated.

“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,” Nenzani said.

“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.”

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