Howard doubts another invitation from CA, NZC for ICC post

Melbourne: Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, whose candidature for vice-presidency was rejected by the ICC, doubts he will be nominated again by the Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the same post.

Howard’s nomination was rejected by the ICC executive board in Singapore in June this year following a reported revolt by its affiliated African and Asian nations.

The ICC had asked both CA and NZC, who nominated Howard for the role, to re-submit a new candidate by August 31. CA and NZC successfully put forward Alen Isaac to the ICC as the new vice-president, who will become the president of the governing body in 2012.

Howard said he was “sorry” to miss out on the post and does not think he would be invited by the CA and NZC again.

“I was sorry that I didn’t get that job but it’s happened ... I don’t expect I will get invited again,” Howard was quoted as saying.

Howard had been a contentious choice for the position, with many associating his public criticism to Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe as the possible fallout. During his Prime Ministerial tenure, Howard had alienated him from both South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He also incurred the wrath of the powerful Asian cricket bloc in 2004 by labelling Sri Lankan spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan a “chucker,” or someone with an illegal bowling action.

Several Test nations, including India, also objected to Howard’s nomination because, unlike Isaac, he had no previous experience of cricket administration.


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