Lorgat says he`s "distressed" to have to face an ICC probe

Abu Dabhi: Faced with an ICC inquiry for his alleged role into a dispute with India, Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday said that he was "distressed" by the turn of events.

Talking to reporters here after signing a MoU with Pakistan for a short tour to fill the gap created by the shortened Indian series, Lorgat said he was distressed on being asked to face a probe by ICC`s Ethics Committee.

"It is personally very distressing. But I had offered to be investigated because there was an allegation (against me). The less I say about this matter the better because it`s sub judice," Lorgat said.

"I am not aware of what happened at the ICC board meeting last month, whether (the matter) was raised or not. The CSA did what they believed was best," said Lorgat, who who served as ICC chief executive between 2008-11.

India had threatened to cancel their tour to South Africa in December-January if CSA appointed Lorgat as their CEO, but later agreed for a shortened series after an assurance that Lorgat would not be involved with matters related to BCCI.

Indian Board`s uneasiness with Lorgat stemmed from the frosty relationship that the BCCI shared with him during his stint as the ICC Chief Executive. Matters, however, came to a head recently when David Becker, current CSA legal officer and ICC legal adviser when Lorgat was at the helm of affairs of the world body, accused the BCCI of flouting the FTP and its President N Srinivasan of being manipulative.

The BCCI promptly took up the matter with the ICC during the Chief Executives` Meeting in London last month and demanded an inquiry. The ICC agreed to investigate the matter, including Lorgat`s reported role, even though Becker has maintained that the views expressed were completely his own.

Asked if the South Africa-India stand-off had threatened a break-up in the cricket world, Lorgat said, "I wouldn`t want to comment on matters which I think should be reserved for the ICC Board, and it`s not a matter on which I should comment on at this time."

Lorgat also disagreed that the Pakistan tour would anger India.

"I don`t see why it should. Pakistan were available and it`s a bilateral arrangement between the two nations and we are simply delighted that we can get Pakistan to South Africa," said Lorgat.

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