Howard refuses to blame India for ICC bid rejection

Last Updated 04 July 2010, 05:22 IST

"We have to be careful of making India some kind of target of disdain in world cricket," Howard said when asked whether he considers India the primary reason for losing out on the crucial Afro-Asian support for his bid.

"(But) I think it is very important we understand there's got to be a fair sharing of responsibilities and no one part of the world, no one country, should dominate.
"People in the past criticised the fact it was dominated by England and Australia and now we don't want to replace one perceived domination with another," he told 'Channel Nine'.

"That in a way is why the ICC put in place this rotation system and that's one of the issues CA have got to take into account when it responds to what has happened."
Howard said he still wants the job but it is upto Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to consider whether he should be re-nominated.

"I'd like the job but at this stage it's hit a roadblock, and what happens from now on is really CA's call, it's not about me, it's about the future of the game," Howard said.
"I went into this because I love cricket very much and I had the time to devote to it and the energy and the commitment, but what happens from now on CA and New Zealand Cricket have been asked to re-nominate and they obviously separately and together will meet and talk about the situation," he added.

Howard once again expressed his disappointment at being rejected for the job and hoped CA would work out a conciliatory formula.

"They've got to pay regard to what's happened, given that we had apparently put in place a procedure for choosing by rotation the president and vice president of the ICC, and that appears to have been pushed to one side in the last week.

"But equally they've got to look at the future of the game," he said.Howard said India's financial might should not be viewed negatively."There is one part of the world where a sport at the present time remains transcendent over soccer and that is the Indian sub-continent," he said.

"The fanaticism for cricket among the 1.5 billion people in the entire region... is unbelievable and we've got to see that in a positive light," he added.

(Published 04 July 2010, 05:22 IST)

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