Verbal spat erupts between Haroon Lorgat and journo

2014-03-13 17:13

A verbal spat between Cricket SA chief executive Haroon Lorgat and cricket writer Telford Vice overshadowed the CSA press conference at the Wanderers in Johannesburg today.

The press conference followed the announcement that Lorgat had been exonerated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after comments made by former ICC legal head David Becker.

Vice asked about a section in the independent adjudicator’s report which he said was an admission that Lorgat had offered a journalist an interview in return for not publishing a Becker interview.

In the interview, Becker said it was improper to allow a member body to disregard an ICC resolution.

This followed a decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shorten a tour to South Africa in December in protest against Lorgat’s appointment. The enmity between the BCCI and Lorgat went back to his days as ICC CEO.

Lorgat was cleared by the ICC over remarks made by Becker and will resume his full duties in the ICC, it was announced today.

Lorgat denied he had ever offered a journalist an interview.

“That mess may be in your mind, but it is not in my mind,” he retorted.

“I will give anyone an interview when they request it if they want an understanding of what is going on. I have done it with you in the past. You have appreciated it in the past and you seem to take a different slant now.”

South Africa has missed out on hosting part of the Indian Premier League – the first half of the tournament will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates.

But Lorgat is not concerned about this.

He said it was not an event that CSA had planned on hosting.

Lorgat said the body would only consider being IPL hosts if South Africa obtained a significant portion of the tournament.

He added that the CSA was in discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board over a possible five-test series in the 2015/16 summer.

“There were never any plans to host the IPL and it was not something we had forecasted when we made our plans,” Lorgat said.

“It was like a windfall that was never to be. It was not something we bargained on. Had it come, we would have embraced itm but it’s the BCCI’s tournament and we respect it fully in terms of where the tournament goes.”

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