Australia, NZ 'deeply disappointed' at Howard snub
Australia and New Zealand cricket officials, on Wednesday, said they were "deeply disappointed" after Australian ex-prime minister John Howard was blocked from leading the sport's governing body.cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2010 14:28 IST
Australia and New Zealand cricket officials, on Wednesday, said they were "deeply disappointed" after Australian ex-prime minister John Howard was blocked from leading the sport's governing body.
"We remain convinced it is reasonable for his nomination to be supported by the ICC executive board and we are deeply disappointed by the position taken at today's meeting," they said in a joint statement.
The former leader's candidacy for the world cricket body failed to win backing from Asian and African nations at an International Cricket Council meeting in Singapore.
Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket said they would consider making a new nomination by August 31, as requested by the ICC, but said it was premature to comment further.
They described Howard as an "eminent and well-credentialed international statesman who Australia and New Zealand nominated after a comprehensive selection process".
"We were delighted that the most senior world figure ever considered for this role agreed to accept the nomination," they added.
Howard won the nomination following months of jarring debate between Australian and New Zealand cricket officials over who would be their joint candidate.
The Kiwis had reportedly preferred to put forward former New Zealand Cricket chairman John Anderson for the job, which involves juggling the political and cultural considerations of 10 diverse Test-playing nations.
Officials eventually asked former British Airways chief executive Rod Eddington to act as an independent arbiter, and his recommendation led to Howard as the joint nominee.
Howard, 70, is a self-described "cricket tragic" who has regularly been seen watching the game around the world since losing office in November 2007.
When his candidacy was announced in March, he spoke of his passion for the sport, saying he looked forward to "working in the interests of the game that I've loved all my life and is very dear to me".
Howard, who was Australia's prime minister from 1996 to 2007, would have assumed the ICC vice presidency in July ahead of assuming full leadership in mid-2012.
The ICC presidency is a two-year rotating position currently held by England's David Morgan, who hands over to India's Sharad Pawar on Thursday.