Friday, April 4, 2008

Lorgat likely to be ICC chief

The ICC appears to have taken a huge step forward in appointing a new chief executive with Haroon Lorgat, the former convener of Cricket South Africa's selection committee, accepting an official offer to take up the job.

The offer was made on Wednesday evening during a "well-conducted" and "professional" meeting Lorgat had in Cape Town with David Morgan, the ICC's president-elect.

Morgan met Lorgat on behalf of the ICC's four-man recruitment committee, which includes Ray Mali, the ICC president, Sharad Pawar, the BCCI president and Morgan's chosen successor, and Creagh O' Connor, the chairman of Cricket Australia.

However, Lorgat's appointment is still some way away: Morgan will now report to the recruitment committee, which will have to agree on the preferred candidate and then make a recommendation to the ICC executive board to confirm the appointment as early as possible.

Lorgat will take over from Malcolm Speed, who steps down from the position after this year's ICC annual conference, which will take place between June 29 and July 4.

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