Lorgat named new CSA CEO
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Cape Town - Haroon Lorgat was named Cricket SA's new CEO, the organisation said on Saturday.
"Mr Lorgat's appointment follows a thorough and rigorous process to fill this important position," CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.
"The quality of the candidates was exceptional and I would like to express my appreciation to the sub-committee of the board as well as my colleagues on the board who have brought this matter to a highly satisfactory conclusion."
Lorgat was one of three shortlisted candidates considered for the vacant post. The other two were reportedly Kaizer Chiefs boss Bheki Shongwe and Kagiso Media's Murphy Morobe.
The position had not been filled, on a permanent basis, since former CEO Gerald Majola was suspended and eventually sacked in 2010 for his part in the long-running bonus scandal, which followed the 2009 Indian Premier League tournament hosted by South Africa.
Lorgat served as the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2008 to 2012 and had served in various capacities within CSA prior to his overseas appointment.
His credentials always put him at the top of the list of applicants but CSA were loathe to appoint him and upset the sport's richest and most powerful cricketing body, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI).
Lorgat, during his ICC tenure, had taken a firm stand against the pressure applied by the BCCI and in the process made himself unpopular.
CSA had enjoyed a special relationship with the BCCI, not to mention the fear of losing the lucrative Indian tour of South Africa scheduled for the end of the year.
A change in personnel in the higher echelons of BCCI, and their subsequent nod of approval, smoothed the way for CSA to finally fill the post after months of postponing their decision.