The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Haroon Lorgat has parted ways with the Proteas board, bringing a premature end to a term that would keep the CEO till 2019. CSA President Chris Nenzani confirmed on the official website that the board and the CEO have mutually agreed to part ways with immediate effect.
The President of the board stated that the relationship between the CSA and the CEO became untenable over unresolved differences. Pressure grew over Lorgat regarding the handling of the Global T20 tournament and the broadcast rights which have still not yet been attained and are yet to secure a deal for either India or South Africa which places the tournament in jeopardy.
“We recently tried on a few occasions to remedy the situation between Mr Lorgat and the Board, but we have not been successful in finding a satisfactory resolution,” said Nenzani in a release on the CSA official website.
“The Board unanimously felt that it was in the best interest of the organization that we agreed to a mutual separation agreement with Mr Lorgat.”
“It was a tough call for us to make and we recognize that Mr Lorgat had made a big contribution to the success of the organization and together with the Board was instrumental in changing the fortunes of CSA when it had endured a troublesome period 5 years ago.”
“We are all saddened by this turn of events, but at the same time, we need to look forward to ensuring new leadership at CSA builds on the solid foundation laid by Mr Lorgat. On behalf of all of us at CSA, I would like to thank Haroon for his excellent leadership and sterling contribution and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
“We look forward to see him in the future.” concluded Nenzani.
CSA Vice President, Thabang Moroe, has been appointed by the Board as the acting CEO, while the search for a new CEO begins as the board states.
“I would like to thank the Board for their wholesome support during my time, especially in my early years at CSA. It is most unfortunate that we must part ways in this manner, but it is the best way forward for CSA,” commented Lorgat.
“It was an honour to lead the organization and I am proud of what we have achieved over the past few years to make CSA widely recognized as the best run sports federation in South Africa,”
“I must take this opportunity to sincerely thank all my staff, our players, the wonderful set of commercial partners, the media and every other person that I have had the pleasure of engaging with during my term,” concluded Lorgat.
(With CSA Inputs).