SLC looks to rope in former ICC chief

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is close to appointing Haroon Lorgat, the former ICC chief executive, as a consultant to assist the board in revamping its domestic cricket structure, as well as potentially advising it on finances and governance.

An SLC official told Cricinfo that negotiations have been going well and they are optimistic about bringing Lorgat on board.

SLC, who have faced a turbulent 15 months, are interested in Lorgat’s services because of his vast experience in cricket administration. Lorgat served as ICC chief executive for four years before stepping down at the end of June. He has also held several posts in South African cricket, including that of chairman of selectors, and was on the finance and organising committees for the 2003 World Cup. His appointment is likely to be for a period of three or four months.

Among the problems faced by the Sri Lankan board, has been their finances; they ran up debts of close to $70 million to finance the building of two international stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele, and to renovate the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, for the 2011 World Cup. It was also forced to hold its first elections in seven years in January, 2012, to comply with ICC regulations.

The new board, headed by Upali Dharmadasa, has decided to make changes to the country’s domestic set-up. SLC’s domestic structure centres on the club system, with the best clubs traditionally located in Colombo. The board is currently planning on cutting the two-tiered club tournament down to one and reducing the number of teams from 20 to 14.