'Lorgat had nothing to do with my comments'

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Former ICC head of legal affairs David Becker has stated that Haroon Lorgat had nothing to do with the statements he made about the Future Tours Programme, and he would take a polygraph test to prove that.

Former ICC head of legal affairs David Becker has stated that Haroon Lorgat had nothing to do with the statements he made about the Future Tours Programme, and he would take a polygraph test to prove that.

Lorgat, Cricket South Africa chief, is under investigation by the ICC after being accused by the BCCI of helping with Becker's statement. In that missive, Becker said that the FTP was a binding schedule, and that the BCCI were 'blatantly disregarding' it by changing their tour to South Africa.

Becker had said in his letter: "Perhaps the most concerning example is the recent attempt by Srinivasan to manipulate the FTP schedule to his own benefit.

"There is a formal, unequivocal and unanimous ICC board resolution approving the current FTP schedule [including 3 Test matches, 7 ODIs and 2 T20 internationals between India and South Africa].

"When the ICC allows one of its directors to blatantly disregard an ICC board resolution, it becomes more than questionable governance – it becomes improper."

That tour has since been shortened dramatically after relations between the two boards, already poor due to the BCCI and Lorgat's bad blood, soured even further. Now India will play only two Tests and three ODIs in December.

Becker told the <i>Times of India</i>: "I wish to state in the most unequivocal terms that the comments made were my own and Haroon Lorgat had absolutely no role in my making them.

"Haroon Lorgat wasn't involved and nor was he aware about the contents of my letter. It is extremely unfair to draw Haroon Lorgat into the whole thing for it is a figment of peoples' imagination to suggest that he orchestrated the whole thing.

"I will soon be filing an affidavit and will state under oath that Haroon Lorgat had absolutely no part to play in my writing the letter.

"He wasn't remotely aware of what I was writing and it is plain unfair to drag him into this. I am also prepared to undergo a polygraph test to ensure that truth comes out.

"I am considering doing the polygraph test myself and handing the report to the investigation commission to put the matter to rest as soon as possible."

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