CSA denies concluding any deals with BCCI

2014-02-05 00:00

CONTRARY to a report on the cricket website Cricinfo, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has denied concluding a deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The report, dated February 3, indicated that CSA would consider supporting the ICC revamp — giving the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board control of world cricket — in exchange for CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat being reintergrated into top administration.

Reports seemed to indicate that Lorgat was keen to make up to the BCCI, thereby allowing him to attend ICC meetings and discussions with the BCCI.

This raised eyebrows as South Africa was the first country to respond to the ICC Big Three plan, asking for it to be withdrawn.

In a statement yesterday, CSA president Chris Nenzani said: “While we are in discussions with the ICC and other members, including the BCCI, to find an acceptable way forward, we will not and have not considered deals that compromise our key principles and integrity.”

Nenzani acknowledged that these were difficult times for world cricket and attempts to mislead and create confusion were not welcome. Cricket South Africa has considered the proposals but has made no commitment to any suggestions and would discuss matters further with the ICC and fellow members ahead of this weekend’s ICC board meeting.

“We will try to reach a consensus ahead of Saturday’s meeting and that is where we stand in the whole matter at present,” said Nenzani. “Of course it comes down to having a good relationship with the ICC and all members, especially India, but we still have to exercise our responsibilities with care, skill and integrity. Our goal is to maintain the principles of good governance.”

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