T10 Sports Management today announced the appointment of Haroon Lorgat, the former Chief Executive Officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC), as Director for Strategy and Development to spearhead growth and development of the ten-over format cricket worldwide.
The announcement comes as T10 Sports Management and its partners prepare for the upcoming season of Abu Dhabi T10 that is set to take place at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from January 28 to February 6, 2021, in which eight teams will fight for the coveted championship title. This will be the fourth edition of the league.
In his new role, Haroon Lorgat will advise the Chairman and management of the T10 Sports Management on growth strategies for T10 cricket. He will also develop, profile and promote the Abu Dhabi T10 League worldwide with the aim of having multiple T10 leagues in viable countries. Lorgat will connect with key stakeholders to promote the league and work with them to develop T10 cricket around the world.
Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman of T10 Sports Management, said, “I am glad that Haroon Lorgat has accepted the challenge. He will engage with relevant authorities and stakeholders to create multiple T10 League properties in both Full and Associate Member countries where cricket is a popular game. With him on board, we will chart an exciting development programme worldwide to popularise the game of cricket with this exciting new format.”
Mubashir Usmani, General Manager of Emirates Cricket Board, says, “It is with great pleasure I welcome Mr Haroon Lorgat to the UAE’s wonderful cricketing landscape. His leadership in world cricket is well known and we’re privileged to have his deep-rooted knowledge of the game here with us in the UAE.”
Haroon Lorgat, a Chartered Accountant by training and a leader and promoter of cricket, was the CEO of the ICC for four years from 2008 to 2012.
After his term at the ICC, he assisted Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and then the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as a consultant. In July 2013 he was appointed Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and has been lauded for restoring the reputation of CSA after a difficult period.
His excellent work resulted in CSA being acknowledged at the time as the best-managed sporting federation in South Africa. In 2017 he was recognised for his leadership in sports administration by being awarded the SA Sports Industries inaugural Business Leadership award.
Accepting the new role, Haroon Lorgat, Director Strategy and Development of T10 Sports Management, said, “I witnessed T10 cricket for the first time last year and was amazed by its appeal and potential for advancement. The impressive growth of the Abu Dhabi T10 League has attracted global attention and it is now ready for expansion worldwide. I am delighted to join Abu Dhabi T10 and to play a part in growing the league and T10 cricket around the world.”
“I will be keen to work closely with the ICC and member countries to promote the game and build on the foundation laid by Mr Shaji Ul Mulk and his team,” he added.
Matt Boucher, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said, “We welcome Haroon Lorgat on board – a global leader in the development of the game of cricket. Together, we will look to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s event hosting position and ensure the T10 property becomes even more popular globally.”