Dien called on CSA, the owners of the Global T20 League teams and other associates to rally together and ensure that the first instalment of the League is a memorable one.
Lorgat and his board launched their improved national excellence program in 2014. The result was an intensive plan to restructure the game at all levels.
“Haroon was a leading figure in the initiative which improved the efficiency of the way in which cricket was run, coached, played and transformed in South Africa,” said Dien.
“CSA implemented the Incentive Scorecard and ensured that cricket remained a vibrant and world-class sporting federation.
“On the field, South Africa returned to the summit of test cricket and also reached the number 1 position in One Day Internationals with Haroon at the helm.
“He was an inspirational figure behind the launch of the T20 Global League.
“The League has been hailed throughout South Africa as an important step to bolster domestic cricket and encouraging South African international players to remain rooted at home and not seek a new future in overseas competitions,” Dien added. “It is also perceived as a first-class ally in drawing a new audience of sport lovers to the fun-filled T20 format.
“Haroon was the CEO of the International Cricket Council from 2008 and 2012 and with his passion for cricket and expert knowledge of the business of cricket, he is an asset to the game.
“We trust his leadership will not be lost to South African sport.
“We wish the acting CEO, the CSA vice-president Thabang Moroe well in his new role, and call on all South African stakeholders to embrace the challenges ahead as a united force,” Dien added.