Haroon Lorgat. Picture: REUTERS
Haroon Lorgat. Picture: REUTERS

Cricket SA has denied reports that the board had asked CE Haroon Lorgat to resign as a result of his falling out with chief financial officer Nassai Appiah.

But Business Day has confirmed that mediation is under way to resolve "differences" between Lorgat and Appiah.

The report‚ published on website Cricbuzz‚ implied the impasse was related to Lorgat’s involvement in the sale of broadcast rights for the Global T20 (GT20)‚ which is scheduled for its inaugural edition in November and December.

"Lorgat has never been asked to resign‚" Cricket SA’s lead independent director‚ Norman Arendse said on Tuesday.

"He has been asked to focus on delivering a successful and financially sustainable GT20."

Arendse said Lorgat’s role in the sale of broadcast rights had the board’s blessing and was subject to oversight.

"The chief financial officer has never been directly involved for Cricket SA in negotiating broadcast rights whether locally or internationally‚" he said.

But there was an issue between Lorgat and Appiah.

"Differences were referred by agreement to independent private mediation‚" Arendse said.

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