South African Haroon Lorgat was on Friday appointed Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council, four days after first choice for the high-profile post, Imtiaz Patel turned down the offer. Lorgat's appointment was announced by the ICC Board following a meeting between him and ICC President-elect David Morgan in Pretoria on Wednesday.
After that meeting, the Recruitment Committee comprising ICC President Ray Mali, Morgan, ICC Vice-President Sharad Pawar and ICC Director Creagh O'Connor agreed to Lorgat's appointment and made the recommendation to the ICC Board, an ICC statement said.
Announcing Lorgat's appointment, Mali said, "I am delighted Haroon will assume the role of the next ICC CEO. He is a great team player ... He will do an outstanding job." Lorgat will become the third ICC CEO after the Annual Conference between June 29 and July 4.
Patel, who heads the South African network Supersport, was offered to succeed Australian Malcolm Speed as the CEO of the world body last month, but declined the job. Patel was chosen ahead of former BCCI chief IS Bindra to the post. Bindra was, instead, appointed Principal Adviser, a new post created by the game's governing body.
ICC President-elect David Morgan expressed his delight on Lorgat accepting the CEO's job. "I am absolutely delighted Haroon has accepted our offer to become ICC Chief Executive Officer," Morgan said.
"His skill-set is ideal: he brings experience from the corporate world, has played the game to a high level, has already served as a cricket administrator and been chairman of selectors for South Africa," he said. Lorgat is currently an executive director of Kapela Investments Holdings, a company with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and also a non-executive director of Santam Ltd, a South African insurance company.
He said he was looking forward to his new job and serve the game he has been associated with in various capacities.
"I am grateful to the ICC for appointing me as its new CEO and look forward to an exciting and rewarding journey in a game I have truly loved from a very young age. "I am delighted to be appointed to the role and am really excited by the opportunity to contribute my energy, skills and passion at the highest level.
"I am under no illusion about the challenges that await me but those challenges are also opportunities and I cannot wait to start work at the highest level in such a great game."
Lorgat played first-class cricket for Eastern Province and Transvaal as a left-hand batsman and right-arm medium-pacer between 1977/78 and 1990/91.
Since retiring as a player, he has been chairman of Western Province Professional Cricket and a board member at Western Province Cricket Association.
He has served as a finance committee member for the United Cricket Board of South Africa (1999-2004), was a member of the ICC Cricket World Cup Finance Committee (2000-2003), a board director and treasurer of Cricket South Africa (2003-2004) and a selector (2001-2003).
In 2004, he was appointed as chairman of selectors for Cricket South Africa, a position he held until 2007.