It is no secret that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wasn’t keen on Haroon Lorgat becoming Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) new chief executive (CE), thanks to the differences over several key issues in the administration of the game.
No sooner did CSA appoint Lorgat on Saturday than the former ICC CEO announced that improving the relationship with BCCI would be his top priority.
But BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya made it clear that the Board isn’t ready to accept the olive branch extended by Lorgat. He said the new CSA chief executive should prove his intentions in action, not words.
“All this is newspaper advertisement and we are not going to comment on this. Please don’t ask me to speak about these things,” Dalmiya told Mail Today. But while Dalmiya ridiculed Lorgat’s offer of peace, former BCCI president IS Bindra — currently Punjab Cricket Association president and member of the BCCI working committee had written a letter of recommendation mentioning Lorgat’s credentials to the CSA panel responsible for finalising candidates for the post of CE. This further shows that not all BCCI members are on the same page in this matter.
But a senior Board official made it clear that it was Bindra’s personal opinion and not one of the BCCI as a whole.
“The letter which Bindra has supposedly written is his personal stance and not the stance of the Board. He didn’t speak to us before writing, so it shouldn’t be assumed to be the sentiment within the BCCI,” he said.
While everyone is aware of the tiff Board president N.Srinivasan had with the then ICC CEO Lorgat regarding the implementation of the Decision Review System and how Lorgat felt that the BCCI used its clout to bully other member Boards, a senior BCCI official also said Lorgat was a key player in the ICC shifting the India-England 2011 World Cup encounter from the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The move was a bitter pill to swallow, not only for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), but also to its president Dalmiya.
“Although Sharad Pawar was the president of the ICC, it was Lorgat who convinced Pawar that there was no other option but to move the match from Kolkata to Bangalore, with a motive to bring disrepute to not only the local organisers (CAB), but also the BCCI. He was adamant that work wouldn’t be complete even though Dalmiya had requested the ICC to have faith and give the CAB one last deadline. These instances are etched in our memory. Now one can’t just say that we should forget the past and embrace the present,” he told Mail Today. News of Lorgat’s appointment also gave rise to speculation that India’s proposed tour to South Africa later this year may be called off. While Dalmiya had earlier said that the BCCI had only written to CSA asking them to rework the itinerary, he confirmed on Wednesday that there was still no reply from CSA regarding the scheduling of the tour.
“As of now we haven’t received any information from Cricket South Africa regarding the reworked schedule, so I can’t give you any update,” he said.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved
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