Former Australian PM’s ICC nomination rejected

June 30, 2010

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s bid to become vice-president of the International Cricket Committee (ICC) is over after the governing body’s executive board rejected his nomination at a meeting in Singapore.

Howard was put up as the candidate of Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand, as it is their turn to fill the position, but there was widespread opposition to his appointment and the ICC has announced he “did not have sufficient support” from the board.

It appears it was Howard’s political history which may have cost him the position. As a critic of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, he lost support from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and later, the influential Asian block.

The boards of Australia and New Zealand now have to submit a new candidate by 31 August.