Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat won’t represent the organization at international level pending an independent investigation into his conduct, the governing body said.
“CSA has ordered the withdrawal of Mr. Lorgat from representing it at the International Cricket Council’s Chief Executive Committee or from acting in any other ICC-related matters,” the Johannesburg-based organization said in a joint e-mailed statement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India today. “CSA has also withdrawn him from having involvement in any aspect of CSA’s relationship with the BCCI, including but not limited to the upcoming tour.”
The decision came as CSA and the BCCI agreed that the Indian team will play South Africa in two Test matches and three One-Day International meetings on a tour of the country, with details to be released at a later date. India was scheduled to play three Tests and seven one-day games between November and January, according to the ESPN cricinfo website.
India will play West Indies at home before the South African tour, which will include the 200th and final test match of world-record run scorer Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai.
CSA said the probe into Lorgat’s conduct will center on his role in the release of comments about the ICC board by David Becker, a former legal adviser to CSA. Becker’s statement linked BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan to certain unethical conduct, Johannesburg-based newspaper Business Day said on its website yesterday.
“I would like to stress that Mr. Lorgat has not been suspended,” Chris Nenzani, chairman of the CSA Board of Directors, said in an e-mailed statement. “He himself volunteered to withdraw from matters involving the ICC and the BCCI in his deliberations with the full board at their meeting last Sunday.”
South Africa tops the ICC’s ranking for Test matches, ahead of England. India heads the One-Day International list, according to the ICC’s website.
South Africa last played India at home in 2010-2011. The teams drew 1-1 in a three-match Test series and South Africa won 3-2 in a best of five ODIs, according to cricinfo.