IT would be a nice surprise if the International Cricket Council (ICC) did something decisive and speedily resolved the Haroon Lorgat saga.
Ever since it was suggested the former ICC chief executive might take over the top position in South African cricket, there have been rumblings from the subcontinent where the Indians had plenty to say about his potential appointment.
Lorgat, however, was duly appointed as the Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive and the Indians then turned around to say South Africa had unilaterally released the schedule for their supposedly full tour from November to January without their approval and that they would not be coming for 70 days but for only about a month.
This is where things became a little nastier and David Becker, a CSA legal consultant who had worked for the ICC during Lorgat's tenure as chief executive, accused Board of Control for Cricket India president Narayanaswami Srinivasan of manipulating issues for his own benefit.
"There is one man who makes decisions at board level and they are certainly not in the interests of world cricket," Becker said of Srinivasan last month. "Directors' duties, conflicts of interest and matters of ethical compliance are routinely ignored. It's not only hugely concerning for the game, it's contrary to the regulatory framework within which ICC operates, and hence it's illegal."
Naturally, this has raised the hackles and the ICC have launched an investigation into Becker's comments. With his links to CSA, Lorgat has also fallen under suspicion.
Whatever the situation may be, here's a novel idea for the ICC – get the inquiry done in a speedy manner so Lorgat, and CSA, can get on with doing what they are supposed to do – run the game in South Africa.
And if Lorgat is found guilty of misconduct, then he will have to take the punishment. But a swift resolution of the case would be a plus for an international organisation often accused of having no teeth.
The Indian position, as it pertains to South Africa, also needs to be examined. India's financial clout in the modern game is well understood, but there seems to be a danger that instead of using that in a positive way, the Indians are descending to the ranks of bullies.
Admittedly, no organisation can stand to lose millions of rand, but bullies only respond to strength and if SA, and the rest of the world for that matter, continue to kowtow to India's demands, it does not bode well for the future of the game.
Some day, someone will need to be strong enough to stand up to India and say: "This is enough".