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|Born||26 May 1960
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa
|Occupation||cricket administrator, businessman and chartered accountant|
|Known for||CEO, Cricket South Africa (current)|
Haroon Lorgat (born 26 May 1960) is a South African of Indian origin, businessman and chartered accountant. He was appointed Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council in April 2008 succeeding Malcolm Speed. Haroon Lorgat stepped down in June 2012. Lorgat was later roped in to join Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as a consultant. He was appointed as chief executive of Cricket South Africa. Cricket South Africa withdrew its CEO Haroon Lorgat from not just its dealings with the Indian Board but also the ICC Chief Executives Committee pending an inquiry into his actions.
Life and education
Lorgat is of Indian descent, his family originating from a small village in north western India called Manekpore, Rethvania in the Indian state of Gujarat. Lorgat was raised and schooled in Port Elizabeth. He graduated from Rhodes University with a B.Com. In 1985 he completed training with a Big 4 firm and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After working at IBM for a year he started his own professional practice in Johannesburg and Cape Town which, through a series of strategic mergers, finally integrated with Ernst & Young in 2002. Prior to his appointment at the ICC, Lorgat had founded in December 2006 a private equity investment firm Kapela Investment Holdings based in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Having excelled in first class cricket in South Africa and later as a captain, many commentators at the time believed he was talented enough to have potentially played at the highest level. However, being classified non-white, he was not allowed during the apartheid era to represent his country. Since 2000, he has held a number of senior appointments in South African cricket including as Chairman of National Selectors, Board Treasurer and served on the finance and organizing committees for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
Although he played a key role in the decision to limit the 2015 World Cup to just 10 teams, he was clear in his view that there should be qualification opportunity for all Members. The ICC Board had barred participation from Associate members and this led to criticism from not only the affected teams, but from players from the Test nations, their coaches and followers of cricket. In November 2012 Haroon Lorgat, former ICC chief executive, was hired by the Pakistan Cricket Board to set up the proposed Pakistan Super League, contributing at a strategic level to ensure the board was headed in the right direction. In July 2013, Lorgat was named CEO of Cricket South Africa, replacing Gerald Majola who had been fired nine months earlier for his part in the bonus-payments scandal.
He has been married to Farah Ebrahim since 10 February 1985 and they have two children, Mohamed Zaheer and Naseera.
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- Hopps, David (4 April 2011). "Ireland furious with 'joke' ICC for being shut out of 2015 World Cup". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3145 Haroon Lorgat's profile at Who's Who South Africa