<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Haroon Lorgat: I offered to step aside so India-South Africa series can go on" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121121133027.jpg" title="Haroon Lorgat: I offered to step aside so India-South Africa series can go on" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Haroon Lorgat had stepped aside so that the talks between BCCI and CSA prove to be fruitful as dark clouds remained over India-South Africa series © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Johannesburg: Oct 28, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/CSA/post" target="_blank">Cricket South Africa</a> (CSA) CEO <a href="/tags/Haroon-Lorgat/post" target="_blank">Haroon Lorgat</a> has said that stepping aside from dealing with the <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">Board of Control for Cricket in India</a> (BCCI) was his decision as he didn't want to create any hurdle in the way of upcoming bilateral series between the two countries.<br /> <br /> A week ago, the BCCI had given its consent to the long-awaited tour of South Africa after CSA withdrew Lorgat from dealings with India and ICC, until an investigation into the controversial comments made by the ICC's former legal head <a href="/tags/David-Becker/post" target="_blank">David Becker</a>, and Lorgat's alleged role in it, was over.<br /> <br /> However, Lorgat told '<em>Eyewitness News</em>' on Sunday that it was solely his own decision to step aside.<br /> <br /> "I offered the board to step aside until the Indian tour was confirmed and until the allegation against me was cleared," Lorgat said after his return from Dubai.<br /> <br /> "I've got nothing to fear and I didn't want to be the person to hold up or have the tour cancelled. I was happy to step aside so the tour could continue as no one is bigger than the tour," he added.<br /> <br /> Despite his wings being clipped, Lorgat said there were many areas where he could make a difference and he was looking forward to those responsibilities.<br /> <br /> "I don't believe my position is untenable because it's a workable solution as there is plenty to be done at CSA. There is a development programme that must be revisited and transformation issues to be dealt with. I look forward to getting my focus on areas I know I can make a difference in."<br /> <br /> The Indian Board had earlier rejected the original itinerary for the tour, released by CSA, that had three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s.<br /> <br /> There was <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-tour-of-South-Africa-2013-14-Uncertainity-continues-as-BCCI-and-CSA-yet-to-finalise-schedule/32153" target="_blank">uncertainty about the future</a> of the tour as relation between the two boards was put to test. However, following a series of meetings, the tour was eventually announced after reducing it to two Tests and three ODIs.<br /> <br /> "I feel for my staff because they've endured tough times and they don't deserve this. It's unfortunate the board had little choice in this. From a personal perspective it wasn't easy, but I know the truth always prevails."