Haroon Lorgat 'sacrificed', BCCI agrees to tour South Africa

Haroon Lorgat never enjoyed good relationship with the BCCI mandarins ever since he was ICC CEO in Dubai. The Indian Board was unhappy that Lorgat was appointed CEO of Cricket South Africa in July this year.

updated: October 22, 2013 13:47 IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has managed to see the 'exit' of Haroon Lorgat from handling India affairs on behalf of Cricket South Africa. According to reports, Lorgat, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Board, will only deal with domestic cricket issues and non-India matters. CSA will also 'investigate' if Lorgat was recently responsible for souring good relations between India and South African cricket bosses.

This 'compromise' by the South Africans to restrict Lorgat's role has helped salvage the much-troubled India's tour of South Africa this December. Although the BCCI has never said it openly, it is understood that the Indian Board chief N. Srinivasan was unhappy at Lorgat's appointment as CSA CEO in July this year. BCCI has had several run-ins with Lorgat when he was the International Cricket Council CEO in Dubai.

After the CSA agreed to 'limit' Lorgat's powers, the BCCI on Tuesday agreed to play three ODIs and two Tests against South Africa in December. This is the minimum nations must play for a contest to qualify as a "full" bilateral series. Details of matches are expected soon. Earlier, the BCCI had objected to a much longer tour itinerary, featuring among other things, three Tests, a day after it was announced by CSA on July 9. The Indians felt offended because the tour details were announced without consulting the BCCI. The first backlash from the BCCI came when it hurriedly arranged an unscheduled series with the West Indies in December. This will also be Sachin Tendulkar's farewell Test series.

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