‘We can’t force players to tour’
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat says that with as many as four nations deciding against travelling to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy, the ICC's decision to postpone the tournament was a unanimous decision.Updated: Sep 08, 2008, 23:49 IST
With as many as four nations Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England deciding against travelling to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy, the International Cricket Council's decision to postpone the tournament was a unanimous decision.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, who was in the Capital to announce the nominations for the ICC Awards 2008, said: "I guess most people respected our decision on the issue. We cannot force players to tour a place when they don't want to go and play there."
"I do not think this decision, in any way, reflects the ICC as a toothless body. The last thing we wanted was a Champions Trophy, which was just not world class," Lorgat added.
Lorgat was also quick to shoot down suggestions of a 'divide' between the Asian blocs and the rest.
"I must say I'm in a fortunate position to be working with the ICC in the recent past. That (of there being a divide) is something I have read about a lot when I wasn't a part of the organisation. But now that I work here, I can say there is nothing even close to what is being claimed," Lorgat, who was appointed the CEO in April. "It is a perception regularly heard and I often wonder where it surfaces from."
On incorporating cricket into the Olympics, Lorgat said the ICC was committed to develop cricket and broaden its horizons.
"We have an extensive development program and a Global Cricket Manager — Matthew Kennedy — who is committed to developing the sport," Lorgat said. "IS Bindra, who was recently appointed principal advisor to the ICC, is also working to that end."
Lorgat said the ICC was satisfied with the referral system, which was used for the first time in the India-Sri Lanka series, and was studying the recommendations of a committee to take it forward.
"I myself am a proponent of the referral system and I think it has worked well. There are a few recommendations and the ICC will be studying them."