Will India pull out of South Africa tour after Lorgat's appointment?

Haroon Lorgat's appointment on Saturday as Cricket South Africa's chief executive officer (CEO) has put India's tour of South Africa in limbo. The BCCI has been averse to Lorgat's appointment since the beginning and things could take a turn for the worse in future with the announcement made public.

CSA president Chris Nenzani confirmed the appointment to a cricket website and said, "Mr Lorgat's appointment follows a thorough and rigorous process to fill this important position."

The Indian board has had some disagreements with the CSA, of late, after the former red-flagged the itinerary announced by South Africa. The issue is already under deliberation after the BCCI expressed concern over the schedule. Lorgat's appointment may further strain the situation.

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While interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya did not wish to comment on the former ICC CEO's appointment, beleaguered president N Srinivasan, who according to the South Africa media was the first to congratulate Lorgat on his appointment, dodged the question saying he is on leave from the functioning of the board.

However, insiders claimed that the issue is likely to snowball into a major controversy if not handled properly. "This (Lorgat's appointment) may trigger a new controversy as BCCI's stand on the issue is pretty clear. Let's wait and see what transpires in days to come," added BCCI sources.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

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