Lorgat to keep politics out of cricket

Cricket South Africa CEO says he looking forward to contributing to the sport.

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat on Thursday said he will focus on the game and not the politics that marred cricket in the past.

Lorgat was appointed to the post in July following the turbulent era of Gerald Majola.

In 2012, a disciplinary hearing found Majola guilty of nine charges laid against him, including accepting bonuses, not declaring them to the board and wrongdoing around travel claims.

The hearing centred around bonuses that were paid to Majola and 29 other staff members after the hosting of the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa.

Lorgat told The Redi Tlhabi Show that political interference was not unique to cricket.

"I think it's a general challenge that all sports face. The challenges of, call it political interference or political issues, rather than pure sports administration. It's something that bedevils all sports so it's something that we must be conscious of. But as best as I can, I will try and ensure that we have focus on the right areas."

Lorgat also promised to maintain healthy relations with other stakeholders including the board.

"We have to engage and we have to be honest in what we are attempting to do. As long as we engage, I think we have a chance of resolving those different opinions. I think we are in a very good space at the moment. We've had engagement with many stakeholders. Everybody is quite positive, and I think it's fair to say cricket on the playing field is currently being reported not these other off the field issues."

Lorgat said he was excited about getting his hands dirty.

"It's is exciting simply because it's so challenging and that is some of the reasons why we want to get involved. We want to make a difference.

We want to try and help as best as we can. What's so challenging I think it varies from economic challenges that we have and to ensuring that we retain the number one Test team in the world and improve our one day performances. We also have to spread the game and develop it."