ICC forces Malcolm Speed to go on leave

April 25th, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of KPMG

Dubai, April 25 (IANS) The International Cricket Council Friday forced its Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed to go on a paid leave till the end of his contract because of “breakdown” of relationship between him and the Executive Board members on the Zimbabwe crisis. “ICC President Ray Mali and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Malcolm Speed have agreed that the latter will be on paid leave from April 30 until his contract term ends July 4,” President-Elect David Morgan said in a statement.

David Richardson will assume the role of interim CEO until Haroon Lorgat takes over.

Rumours of a fall-out between Mali and Speed cropped up last month, following the ICC decision not to take any major action against Zimbabwe following an independent forensic audit carried out by KPMG.

“This change of plan is the result of a fundamental breakdown in the relationship between the CEO and a number of Board Members, including the President, over a variety of issues that include Zimbabwe,” ICC admitted in the release.

David Richardson, the ICC General Manager - Cricket, will serve as interim CEO until Speed’s replacement, Haroon Lorgat, assumes the role at the ICC’s Annual Conference at the beginning of July.

ICC’s took the decision to overlook the audit at their meeting in Dubai in March. Speed disagreed with the decision and refused to attend the post-meeting media conference saying that he cannot defend the stance of ICC in public.

Speed believed the conduct of Zimbabwe Cricket officials should have been referred to the ethics committee.

In July last year, a confidential report by Speed and Faisal Hasnain, the ICC’s chief financial officer, was leaked, much to the ICC’s embarrassment and anger, in which Speed made a series of stinging attacks on Zimbabwe Cricket’s finances.

Speed served as the ICC’s CEO since July 2001, having succeeded David Richards who was the first CEO from 1993 to 2001.

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