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Confusion prevails over new ICC CEO

ICC's preferred candidate Imtiaz Patel makes it clear that he is still considering whether to accept the high-profile job.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Durban
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2008 09:04 PM IST

Confusion prevailed over appointment of the next CEO of the International Cricket Council with preferred candidate Imtiaz Patel on Tuesday making it clear that he was still "considering" whether to accept the high-profile job.

"I enjoy a most rewarding and happy career in my current role as CEO of SuperSport, which is a dynamic organisation within a wonderful international group," Patel said.

"I will therefore be considering my position very carefully during the coming weeks and will be engaging in discussions with the ICC during this period," he said.

The ICC on Monday announced that Patel was the unanimous choice to succeed current CEO Malcolm Speed, whose term will end in June.

Speed will step down at the ICC's annual conference at the end of June and Patel will be invited to take over at the same meeting for an initial period of three years, it had said.

Meanwhile, Patel's current employers, the SuprSport television company in South Africa, also said they did not want to "lose a man" of Patel's calibre.

"Nothing has been formalised yet. It's a personal issue for Imtiaz but it is something the Multichoice board will get involved in. They won't want to lose a man of his calibre," said SuperSport spokesman Guy Hawthone. Multichoice is the parent company of SuperSport.

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