Johannesburg, Feb 4: Calling it a 'difficult time for global cricket', Cricket South Africa (CSA) has made it clear that they will not support ICC's revamp plan and 'vehemently' denied of any deal happening between them and the BCCI.
CSA today dismissed a report on one of the cricket websites which claimed there was deal being struck between them and BCCI to reinstate Haroon Lorgat as CEO in exchange for backing of ICC plan where the 'big three' of BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will get more powers to control the global cricket body.
"Cricket South Africa (CSA) would like to dismiss a report on the 'Cricinfo' website that suggests that CSA is in the process of concluding a deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that will see, amongst other things, Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat reintegrated into top administration in exchange for CSA supporting the International Cricket Council (ICC) revamped proposal put forward by the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)," CSA said in a report on its website today.
"While we are engaged in discussions with the ICC and other Members, including the BCCI, to find an acceptable way forward, we have not and will not consider deals that compromise our key principles and integrity. This is a difficult time for global cricket and attempts to mislead and create confusion are not welcome," said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.
"CSA vehemently denies any notion of deals being made with any other party. On the contrary we will seek to uphold good governance and our professional approach to find solutions to the current proposals being considered by all the Member Boards.
"We have carefully considered the proposals and we have declared that we will engage further with the ICC and other Members to try and reach any consensus ahead of Saturday's ICC Board meeting and that position still stands," explained Nenzani.
"Naturally we want good relations with the ICC and all its Members, especially India with whom we have always enjoyed a special relationship, but we will exercise our responsibilities with due care, skill and integrity and we will uphold the principles of good governance," concluded Nenzani in the report.