Former ICC CEO eyes CSA post

Haroon Lorgat said the turmoil at the Board of Control for Cricket in India could’ve been avoided.

Former International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The turmoil in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could have been avoided if officials listened to warnings, former International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Haroon Lorgat said on Tuesday.

In the latest twist, board president Narayanaswami Srinivasan's son-in-law, a manager at Chennai Super Kings, was arrested on charges relating to betting allegations.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Sport , Lorgat said he warned of such an eventuality while in charge.

"I think the issues during my days at the ICC, when we called for good governance, transparency and doing what is in the best interest of the game, have somewhat been vindicated. The things that board is facing at the moment are the things that we cautioned against."

Lorgat routinely clashed with the board while he was in charge.

He also said he hoped a foreign body would not be able influence a decision here in South Africa.

"I hope the BCCI doesn't have a say in the appointments of some

positions within Cricket South Africa (CSA). Every board has its own autonomy

and hopefully, people do what is best for them

and not satisfy somebody abroad."

It is believed that Lorgat's potential appointment as the next CEO of CSA has been blocked.

Lorgat said the fact he has not heard anything leaves him less than optimistic.

"Unfortunately, I've had no communication from either CSA or the agency they've appointed to do the recruitment. I'm somewhat in the dark."

Lorgat said the delay was causing him to be disillusioned over his chances.

"I must say that with the passage of time, the kind of zest and huge interest that I had initially is somewhat declining, but I'll wait and see."

CSA is set to announce the appointment at the beginning of July with an independent company running the process.

In mid-May, it released a statement saying it was still finalising a short-list.