Proteas

Bacher: Lorgat must explain

Ali Bacher (Getty Images)
Ali Bacher (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former South African cricket captain, Ali Bacher, says the allegations against Cricket SA CEO Haroon Lorgat are of a serious nature and he needs to explain.

Bacher spoke out on Thursday after adventurer Mike Horn confirmed there was political interference in the South African camp before their Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand last month.

Recent media reports indicated that Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat told Domingo via SMS to pick an extra player of colour in the team before the semi-final in Auckland.

CSA and Lorgat strongly denied the reports.

But Horn, who helped the Proteas at the recent World Cup, has since confirmed that there was indeed political interference.

Horn confirmed that the initial plan was for the same team that crushed Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals to play against the Kiwis in the semi-finals.

Horn said the players were clearly unhappy about what transpired and that he was tasked with re-motivating them for the semi-finals.

Bacher, speaking to Netwerk24, said the allegations against Lorgat have become serious and he needs to give answers.

“In my view, if a quota system exists (in the national team), then it must be made official policy. There will be people not in favour of it, but they will accept it. People need to know where they stand.”

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