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SL not in favour of Howard

Former Australia Prime Minister, John Howard’s, dreams of becoming ICC president in 2012 received a body blow today with Sri Lanka joining Zimbabwe and South Africa in resisting his nomination for the vice-president’s post.

cricket Updated: May 27, 2010 23:49 IST

Former Australia Prime Minister, John Howard’s, dreams of becoming ICC president in 2012 received a body blow on Thursday with Sri Lanka joining Zimbabwe and South Africa in resisting his nomination for the vice-president’s post.

Howard, an Australia-New Zealand candidate under ICC’s region-based nomination system, is in fact one negative vote away from losing his bid to become the ICC vice-president.

Sri Lanka Cricket’s interim committee chairman, Somachandra de Silva, said the SLC would not support anyone without a cricket background. “On principle, it is wrong thing to do to bring someone from outside for the vice-presidency,” de Silva said.

“We would support any director from Australia and New Zealand who are representatives of the ICC, but not anyone from outside,” he told ‘Cricinfo’.

“At the last ICC meeting in Dubai, it was mentioned that Howard’s name was being put forward for the post, and I was of the opinion that it was wrong,” de Silva said.