Lorgat sidelined as India confirms SA Tour

The agreement to tour was concluded by the two countries after various concerns were raised.

Former International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - It's been confirmed India's tour of South Africa later this year will go ahead, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat will play no part in it.

After months of uncertainty and political manoeuvring, there's finally clarity of the tour, but it has come at a price.

Lorgat has been suspended for the duration of the tour which now comprises of two Test matches and three One Day Internationals (ODI) from the initial three Tests, seven ODIs and three T20s.

Lorgat will not be dealing with matters related to India and the ICC pending an inquiry by the cricket's governing body into allegations against him.

CSA President Chris Nenzani says, "Pending the outcome of this investigation, CSA has ordered the withdrawal of Mr Lorgat from representing it at the ICC chief executive committee. CSA has also withdrawn him from having involvement in any aspect from CSA's relationship with the BCCI."

Lorgat had famously clashed with the world's most powerful cricket nation while in his previous role as International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO.

A joint statement released by CSA and BCCI says former ICC legal head David Becker's recent comments about the council and Lorgat's relationship with them, has raised further ire which has resulted in the independent investigation being carried out.

To view the full statement, click here.