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“It is extremely unfair to draw Haroon Lorgat into the whole thing for it is a figment of peoples’ imagination to suggest that he orchestrated the whole thing”
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) legal head David Becker has revealed that Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat “wasn’t involved and nor was he aware about the contents of my letter” regarding the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and their blatant manipulation of the Future Tours Programme.
Becker and Lorgat are now the subjects of an ICC inquiry.
“I wish to state in the most unequivocal terms that the comments made were my own and Haroon Lorgat had absolutely no role in my making them,” Becker told the Times of India. “Haroon Lorgat wasn’t involved and nor was he aware about the contents of my letter. It is extremely unfair to draw Haroon Lorgat into the whole thing for it is a figment of peoples’ imagination to suggest that he orchestrated the whole thing.”
Lorgat told the Times of India the exact same thing.
However, an ICC media release stated that all parties have agreed “that no further media comment will be made until [the investigation] has been concluded.”
Becker had criticised the BCCI for refusing to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa.
The BCCI even scheduled a home series against the West Indies and moved their tour of New Zealand forward in order to cut down the number of matches on their tour of South Africa.
Becker was infuriated that the ICC had allowed one of their members to “blatantly disregard an ICC resolution”.
The former ICC legal head added that he was prepared to swear under oath that Lorgat had no role to play in the comments he made.
“I will soon be filing an affidavit and will state under oath that Haroon Lorgat had absolutely no part to play in my writing the letter,” Becker said. “He wasn’t remotely aware of what I was writing and it is plain unfair to drag him into this. I am also prepared to undergo a polygraph test to ensure that truth comes out. I am considering doing the polygraph test myself and handing the report to the investigation commission to put the matter to rest as soon as possible.”