Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing CEO of Cricket South Africa, says the forthcoming Global League T20, despite its uncertainty, is one of his success stories.
The T20 extravaganza is due to start on 3 November, but a dark cloud still hangs over broadcast rights, which is apparently one of the reasons behind his departure.
Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani confirmed on Thursday that relations between the board and Lorgat had broken down and ‘it was in the best interest of the organisation that we agreed to a mutual separation agreement.’
‘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 personal statement, Lorgat said: ‘In late 2015, the T20 Global League was a mere pipe dream. Having worked hard since then and to the very best of my abilities, we are all very pleased with the impressive set of team owners and players already in place. I believe we will succeed to be among the best leagues in the world.
‘Sadly though, it is time for me to move on and for someone else to lead the rest of this incredible journey as we are only weeks away from the start of the competition. The above is just one of many success stories I feel privileged to have been a part of.’
Lorgat was particularly proud of the ‘gigantic steps’ they have taken to make Cricket SA recognised as the best-run sports federation on the continent.
‘Sure, we encountered many challenges along the way, not least at the very outset of my appointment. The transparency and the universal values under which we operated with all our stakeholders, commercial partners, players and the media has enabled CSA to be a trusted partner. This has led to many impressive success stories, like a sustainable business; a highly efficient administration and cricket operations; global admiration for best practice; a new building and a new league around the corner. We can all be proud of where we are today as Cricket South Africa.
‘I am pleased to leave Cricket South Africa in a solid state and a lot better than when I entered it. I know that I have served the sport with great respect, commitment, dedication and passion.’
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