Aus, NZ nominate Howard for ICC President's post

Aus, NZ nominate Howard for ICC President's post

After backing different candidates for quite some time, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket finally agreed on Howard. "Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) today announced that they have jointly nominated John Howard as their candidate to serve as International Cricket Council President from 2012," the CA and NZC said in a joint statement here.

"The two Boards made the joint nomination to the ICC Board earlier today," the statement read. Howard's name will now be sent to ICC's Executive Board for approval in April before being sent to its annual conference in June.

Englishman David Morgan, who is currently at the helm of ICC, is due to hand over the charge to former BCCI President Sharad Pawar for a two-year term to start in mid-2010. Under the ICC rotation, an Australasian candidate will fill the role for a two-year term from 2012.

In a statement today, CA and NZC chairmen Jack Clarke and Alan Isaac said the two boards had agreed on a process to decide a candidate earlier this year. The process involved representatives from both Boards forming a joint Nominations Committees as well as business leader Rod Eddington, who acted as an independent member.

"We are pleased that an eminent candidate in John Howard has agreed, after an exhaustive process, to take the role of joint Australia-New Zealand nominee for the ICC Presidency. It was an extremely difficult decision and ultimately relied on the input of Sir Rod Eddington, whom both cricket Boards respect enormously," they said.

"The ICC faces significant and complex internal and external challenges in its quest for cricket to become a genuinely global sport. Australia and New Zealand considered a number of distinguished candidates of global stature before deciding to invite John Howard to consider the role," they added.

Howard said he was honoured and humbled to receive the joint nomination but since the nomination will not be official until June, it would be inappropriate to comment until that time.

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