|Haroon Lorgat - CEO, International Cricket Council (ICC)|
|Profile of the week|
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 09:37
Haroon Lorgat is the chief executive officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
As a leading cricket all-rounder in South Africa, he played in 76 first-class games however, having grown up during the apartheid era, he was never entitled to represent his country at the international level.
In the past ten years, Haroon served in various capacities in South African cricket, including as Chairman of Western Province Professional Cricket and as a non-executive Board member for the Western Province Cricket Association. At the national level, he served as a national selector, as a non-executive director for Cricket South Africa overseeing finance, and from 2004-2007, he successfully served as Chairman of the National Selectors for the South Africa cricket team.
Having initially qualified as a chartered accountant what sparked your decision to join the world of sports business and how did it come about?
In truth, having grown up playing sport, I was a cricketer before qualifying as a chartered accountant. I grew up playing the sport every day and it was perhaps a case of trying to fit in my professional career while remaining involved in the sport.
Do you feel that your own experience at playing first class level in cricket has helped you in your role as CEO of the sport's world governing body?
I believe it provides me with some credibility but more importantly with the insight needed to deal with cricketing issues and the viewpoints from a player’s perspective. Of course it also means my passion is now at the core of what I am doing.
The issue of spot fixing in cricket became publicly apparent last year, is it fair to say that the enormity of the problem has become more obvious to the ICC in this time or is it something that the body has always been wary of?
In reality we are on top of these issues and we have always been cautioning Members against complacency. I am also convinced that we have avoided many similar scenarios through the education and prevention systems we have in place.
You previously stated your approval of the sanctions awarded to the Pakistani trio accused last year. The players have since appealed against their suspensions. Do you feel that the image of the sport would be tarnished if the decision was overturned?
Absolutely not. The entire process is independent and we have complete faith in the caliber of the individual commissioners and as well as the process for appeal.
What lessons can the ICC learn to ensure that issues of security and preparations going into the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is better dealt with than they were in this year's tournament?
There were no security incidents around the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and that is hopefully a reflection of the ICC, the host boards, governments and the relevant security agencies all working tirelessly to ensure a safe and secure World Cup. We will work just as hard with the authorities in Australia and New Zealand because the security of the players, officials, staff and spectators will always be paramount in our thinking and planning.