Haroon Lorgat speaks at an ICC Press conference © Getty Images
Haroon Lorgat speaks at an ICC Press conference © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Amidst a controversy over claims of political interference in the selection of Vernon Philander in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semifinal match against New Zealand, Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa CEO, said that Mike Horn may have been misquoted due to his poor command of English language. ICC World Cup 2015: Philander’s inclusion was to meet race quota, says Mike Horn

Horn, who was the motivational speaker to help South Africa at the World Cup , said last week that there was political interference, and later claimed that his comments were taken completely out of context. Reports had recently indicated that Lorgat had told Domingo via SMS to pick an extra player of colour in the team before the semifinal in Auckland. However, CSA and Lorgat strongly denied the claims. Haroon Lorgat dismisses reports of quota system in South Africa’ ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final clash

Reacting to Horn’s comment, Lorgat said that he hadn’t spoken to Horn, adding that the world-renowned adventurer was not the best in English and had been put on a spot that he should not have been put, Sport24 reported. Philander, who struggled with injury throughout the tournament, was picked at the expense of an in-form Kyle Abbott which ensured the Proteas had four players of colour in their team on the day. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: South African convenor of selector tight lipped over the controversial selection in semi-final

Earlier in the week, CSA said in a statement that Philander had undergone a successful fitness test, and was declared fit and available for selection by the medical team. Read: Vernon Philander was declared fit before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final clash against New Zealand, says CSA chief