Dubai: The Chief Executive of ICC Haroon Lorgat won't seek an extension once he finishes his current stint with world cricket's governing body next year.

A media release issued by ICC stated, “ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has informed the ICC Nominations Committee chaired by ICC President Sharad Pawar, that he will not seek to renew his term of office which expires on 30 June 2012.”

Lorgat who was appointed chief executive in June 2008 will step down after the ICC annual conference scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur next year.

Although Pawar had offered Lorgat a three-year extension to his current term, he chose only one and now feels that it's the time to move on.

“My sense is to step aside after having delivered a successful ICC Cricket World Cup and the new global ICC strategy which is now in place,” Lorgat was quoted as saying by the press release.

He further added: "In 2010, I felt there was much work for me to complete during 2011 which included protecting the integrity of the game and restoring the reputation and image of the ICC.

“Having dealt decisively with the spot-fixing issues, delivered a highly successful ICC Cricket World Cup and adopted a new global strategy, I feel the time is right to move on.”

The only disappointment for Lorgat is that World Test Championship which was scheduled in 2013 couldn't be organised.

“Although disappointed that the Test World Championship will not be played in 2013, I am confident that with the strategic restructures we have undertaken, all three formats can be sustained at international level.”

The ICC Nominations Committee has decided to engage an executive recruitment agency to advertise and identify a successor to Lorgat. The recruitment process will be managed by the ICC Vice-President, Alan Isaac, and will begin soon.

Pawar on his part praised Lorgat's contribution to the game.

“During his time at the ICC, Haroon Lorgat has steered the ICC through some tricky situations, such as the rescheduling of the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy, the location of the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, the response to the Lahore attack, several doping issues, the recent spot-fixing hearings and the highly successful ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. I am satisfied that his contribution to the ICC and to cricket leaves us in a solid position. The game owes Mr Lorgat a debt of gratitude for his good leadership and while we are sad at his departure we understand fully the reasons and wish him well in the future.”

(Agencies)