BCCI’s strong-arm tactics influences CSA decision on Haroon Lorgat as new CEO

Haroon Lorgat’s criticism of BCCI during the ICC World Cup 2011 and their stand on Decision Review System had soured relations between the two © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jun 27, 2013
The strong-arm tactics Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have worked as Cricket South Africa (CSA) is likely to drop plans of bringing in former International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Haroon Lorgat as the head of CSA after they were given an ultimatum in February earlier this year.
While CSA is yet to make a formal announcement on the appointment of their CEO, Lorgat was never contacted on the developments and the South African board is loking for other candidates for the post suggested a Mumbai Mirror report.
“The CSA board is meeting on July 2 and the matter will be discussed at the meeting. Till then we cannot comment on the issue,” CSA spokesman Altaf Kazi was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
According to sources, Dave Emslie is a strong candidate for the top post. Emslie resigned as head of Eastern Cape Town Warriors after which reports spread that the decision was taken with an eye on CSA’s CEO post.
BCCI’s tussle with appointment of Lorgat dates back to the latter’s stint as CEO of ICC from 2008 to 2012. Lorgat had criticised BCCI for failing to get Eden Gardens ready in time for India’s 2011 World Cup match against England. Moreover, his stand on the Decision Review System (DRS) also didn’t go down well with the N Srinivasan-led board.
Lorgat was believed to be the front-runner for the position of chief executive at CSA, which has been vacant since Gerald Majola was fired a few months ago after an investigation found that he paid himself and other senior CSA staff huge IPL 2 bonuses without the sanction of the board.