Lorgat held talks with ICC
officials on Wednesday
Haroon Lorgat has been appointed as the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Former convenor of selectors in South Africa Lorgat will succeed Malcolm Speed when he steps down in July after seven years in office.
Lorgat, 47, was on the shortlist when the ICC named fellow South African Imtiaz Patel as its preferred candidate for the post.
But Patel then declared he was not interested in the post.
Lorgat said: "I am grateful to the ICC for appointing me as its new CEO and look forward to an exciting and rewarding journey in a game I have truly loved from a very young age.
"I am delighted to be appointed to the role and am really excited by the opportunity to contribute my energy, skills and passion at the highest level.
"I am under no illusion about the challenges that await me but those challenges are also opportunities and I cannot wait to start work at the highest level in such a great game."
Lorgat's playing career included first-class cricket for Eastern Province and Transvaal as a left-hand batsman and right-arm medium-pacer.
Since retiring he has served on the board of the Western Province Cricket Association and also on finance committees for the United Cricket Board of South Africa and the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
It has been an exhaustive, worldwide search to reach this point and we had several outstanding candidates in the final frame
ICC president-elect David Morgan
He was a national selector for South Africa from 2001 to 2003 and chaired that panel from 2004 to 2007.
Lorgat will become the ICC's third chief executive following Speed and predecessor David Richards, who served between 1993-2001.
ICC president-elect David Morgan welcomed his appointment.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted Haroon has accepted our offer.
"His skill-set is ideal: he brings experience from the corporate world, has played the game to a high level, has already served as a cricket administrator and been chairman of selectors for South Africa, a position he held as recently as last year.
"It has been an exhaustive, worldwide search to reach this point and we had several outstanding candidates in the final frame, all of whom brought something unique to the table.
"It is great news for the ICC and the game around the world that Haroon has accepted our offer and he now has the opportunity to help forge an exciting future for the game.
"The ICC Board has every confidence in him doing just that and we are certain he will relish the challenges that lie ahead."
Lorgat will take over following this summer's ICC Annual Conference, which is scheduled to take place between 29 June and 4 July.