Bowing to relentless pressure from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the International Cricket Council (ICC) is said to have constituted an enquiry committee to probe alleged charges of inappropriate conduct against Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat and former ICC legal head David Becker.
Though the ICC and the respective boards (CSA and BCCI) preferred to remain tightlipped on the issue, the committee, it was learnt, has sidelined Lorgat from CSA’s functioning at least for some time now much to the delight of the Indian board.
“The ICC has constituted a committee to probe allegations leveled against Lorgat and Becker. Meanwhile, the CSA has assured that Lorgat will neither interfere in the BCCI or ICC’s dealing till the probe is completed,” said a source in the BCCI.
It was learnt that the initiation of probe against Lorgat will clear way for India’s tour of South Africa and both boards are likely to issue a joint statement in this regard in a day or two. On Saturday, the concluding day of the ICC Board Meeting in London, the BCCI had allegedly threatened to call off the tour if action was not taken against Lorgat.
Becker, also a South African national, had earlier lambasted the BCCI for its alleged attempts to manipulate the Future Tours Programme (FTP).
While the BCCI was already displeased with CSA’s decision to appoint former ICC CEO Lorgat as its chief executive, Becker’s comments added fuel to the fire with the Indian board believing that Lorgat played a role in Becker’s comments that linked the BCCI president N Srinivasan to certain unethical conduct.
Becker had said: “There is one man (Srinivasan) who makes decisions at (ICC) board level and they are certainly not in the interests of world cricket. Directors’ duties, conflicts of interest and matters of ethical compliance are routinely ignored. It’s not only hugely concerning for the game, it’s contrary to the regulatory framework within which ICC operates, and hence illegal.”
Becker though later had denied Lorgat’s role in his statement saying they were his personal views. Becker is now one of CSA’s legal advisers.