‘I decided to step aside,’ says Lorgat

2013-10-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat says the decision taken for him not to be involved with the upcoming India tour was his own.

India last week finally confirmed that they will tour South Africa this summer — albeit on a lesser scale than initially intended.

The month-long tour in December will comprise a mere two Tests and three ODIs — far fewer than the three Tests, seven ODIs and three T20s initially planned.

Lorgat will not be dealing with matters related to India and the ICC pending an inquiry into allegations against him.

The allegations stem from his role in a statement issued by David Becker — a former legal head of the ICC — that the BCCI’s flouting of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) could have legal implications.

In his statement, Becker said it was “improper” to allow a member body to “blatantly disregard an ICC resolution”. This statement upset the BCCI, and the tour was almost called off completely.

The tour will now take place, but Lorgat will instead take care of all domestic affairs at CSA.

In an interview with the EWN Sport website, Lorgat insisted that he took the decision to temporarily step aside on his own. He said he offered to step aside until the tour was confirmed as he didn’t want it to be cancelled because of him.

The CEO also insists that his position is not untenable and there is plenty of work for him to do on the domestic front while the India tour is on.

He mentioned a development programme that must be revisited as well as transformation issues to be dealt with.

CSA now stands to lose about R200 million in lost revenue due to the shortened India tour.

Some of those losses may be off-set by arranging a short tour for Pakistan to these shores late next month, with a PCB spokesperson confirming that they are in communication with South Africa regarding a short tour, but said the correspondence is at a preliminary stage with no concrete decisions made so far.

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