Dubai: The independent adjudicator appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat of alleged involvement in the FTP manipulation charges levelled against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by his one-time legal adviser at the world body.
David Becker, who was the ICC legal adviser throughout Lorgat’s tenure as CEO of the world body, had last year issued a statement suggesting that the BCCI’s flouting of the FTP could have legal implications and that it was “improper” to allow a member body to “blatantly disregard an ICC resolution”.
In his October 2013 statement, Becker, also a former legal adviser of Cricket South Africa, had said that he had resigned from his ICC post because of what he considered “questionable governance” at the ICC and listed three examples, all relating to the “dominance of BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan”.
Lorgat was accused by the BCCI of having the knowledge of Becker’s statement and, in fact, of its prep\aration, prompting the ICC to commission an inquiry into his role in that statement.
The adjudicator, in a joint statement issued by the ICC and CSA, said that there was “no evidence to support the allegations made against Lorgat”.
As a result, any restrictions on Lorgat’s ability to act as CSA chief executive were removed. He can now resume acting as CSA’s representative on the ICC Chief Executive’s Committee and deal with affairs involving the BCCI. “An independent sdjudicator, appointed by the ICC to look into the content and distribution of media comments made about ICC Board by David Becker, who at that time was acting as a legal consultant to CSA in respect of their ongoing dispute over FTP Schedule, and the subsequent attempts to have them withdrawn, and, in particular, role of Haroon Lorgat, CEO of CSA, in these matters has found no evidence to support the allegations made against Lorgat,” the statement said. (agencies)