Despite reservations by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket SA (CSA) yesterday named Haroon Lorgat as the new chief executive officer.
The 53-year-old Lorgat replaced Naasei Appiah, who was in an acting capacity after his predecessor, Jacques Faul, took up the Titans’ CEO position in March.
But Lorgat’s appointment could be met with disapproval from the richest cricket board in the world as he was their fiercest opponent.
During his tenure as the International Cricket Council’s CEO, Lorgat’s stance on the Decision Review System irked the BCCI.
The relationship became even frostier when Lorgat decided to have the India-England 2011 World Cup clash moved from Kolkata to Bengaluru as the Eden Gardens was not ready for the game.
The BCCI threatened to withdraw from the planned December tour to South Africa when they heard of his imminent appointment. The tour has been scheduled to go ahead despite the BCCI’s unhappiness over the high number of One-Day Internationals, where seven will be played.
Lorgat, who represented Eastern Province in 76 Howa Bowl matches, is CSA’s first full-time CEO since the firing of Gerald Majola last year due to his role in the Indian Premier League bonus scandal.
Lorgat was the International Cricket Council CEO from April 2008 until June last year, where he decided not to renew his contract.
He was replaced by former Proteas wicket-keeper Dave Richardson.
In July 2012, he was named special adviser by Sri Lanka Cricket with a view to help them revamp their domestic structure and cricket administration in the country for three months.
He is no stranger to CSA’s higher echelons as he was a board treasurer, and served on the finance and organising committees for the 2003 ICC World Cup. He also served on the national selector’s panel from 2001 to 2003 and became the convenor of selectors from 2004 to 2007.
Lorgat’s previous roles
2008-2012: He was the International Cricket Council’s chief executive
2004-2007: South Africa’s convener of selectors
2004-2005: United Cricket Board and Cricket SA’s treasurer
2003: Served on the finance committee for the 2003 cricket World Cup in SA
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