ICC news June 28, 2010

Cricket Australia chases votes for John Howard

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Cricket Australia officials are still lobbying to gain enough support to install John Howard as the ICC's vice-president in Singapore over the next two days. The appointment of Howard, the former Australia prime minister, is supposed to be a formality but it has become increasingly uncertain following complaints raised by Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Howard's vice-presidency will be a key issue at the ICC's executive board meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, which occurs before the elevation of India's Sharad Pawar to the top job. James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's chief executive, and the chairman Jack Clarke are in Singapore for various talks this week and are attempting to secure the seven votes required for Howard to get the deputy's role. "There are still discussions taking place," a Cricket Australia spokesman said on Monday.

In an effort to improve relations with Zimbabwe, Howard, who as prime minister was critical of Robert Mugabe's regime, met with senior cricket officials there last week. A similar approach to speak with South African administrators was rejected while Howard was in the country for the football World Cup.

Despite the claims of Zimbabwe Cricket's managing director Ozias Bvute that reports of its influence were "maliciously incorrect", its senior officials raised the initial protest through its South African counterparts outside ICC meetings in Dubai in April. The issue has continued to simmer and there are concerns India will side with the African countries in the executive meeting to block the appointment.

David Morgan, the out-going ICC president, supports the Howard nomination, which was proposed by Australia and New Zealand following a drawn-out selection process. Under the ICC's guidelines Howard should become president in 2012, replacing Pawar, the Indian politician.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • jill on July 1, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    This is regarding the photograph accompanying the article showing Ricky Ponting and John Howard. Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest batting talent, a great captain, a genius on the field, and possibly a unifying force at least in Australia. What possibly could the two have in common..........?

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    However Australians try to justify Howard's inclusion there is no way Pakistan and Sri Lanka are going to vote for him. Also there is the Zimbabwean vote too and he was one of the chief instigators in Zimbabwe's cricketing isolation.

  • Mitesh on June 29, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    All i am saying is Howard sohuld not be elceted.He is only going to look out for the interests of Aus,New Zealand and england, the rest he does not care. He must go find somethng better to do in life than to spoil cricet as he did for Zim.I hope asiancountries back Zim ans S.A. hEis the reason so many tours have been cancelled to Zim leading to the downfall of Zim cricket. if he really wanted to he could have tried to resotre a good relationship long time but not he has his own political agenda. hope he does not get the post.

  • Junaid on June 29, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Australian president, can say that there are security risk for their team but Australian Team can visit zim for the world cup semi final to win world cup

    how can indians forget about the symond-Harbajan drama, which was given the wrong shape by the australian media. luckily for john howard, he was not president at that time, otherwise he would have called Harbajan............

    i m not indian , but i m the lover of cricket, and appointing a political leader of such attitude will force me to kill my cricket love forever.

    there is no room for politics in cricket

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    Look there not much more to say other than that he's a racist. He couldnt even say sorry on behalf of australians for trying to breed out aborigines in aus. It would be a sas day when we have a racist in the ICC

  • Sage on June 28, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    John Howard, the ex Australian prime minister for ICC vice presidency? No way…and are you kidding me? I recalled him once called Sri Lankan spinner Muralidharan a chucker. You can be the prime minister of a leading country but you have no right to call a handicapped bowler a chucker when he is playing at the highest level for so long. That shows disrespect to humanity especially to the handicapped. Thanks God the ICC put and end to all this nonsense. Otherwise it would have continued. Most top teams cannot handle an Asian country doing well. I'm happy that India is giving a good run to all the top teams and Sri Lankan is following up closely. The Aussies are getting beaten by the Englishmen right now. Before the neutral umpires Aussies had their way but not anymore. That's why they are getting beaten by the Englishmen right now. Cricket is still a gentlemen's game and Howard is no gentlemen at all.

  • Benil on June 28, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Hi All Cricket Lovers & Non Lovers :

    John Howard is 100 % pro England, New Zealand & Aussie to an degree that he is a well known critic of Sri Lanka& Pakistan as they pose a threat to his favourites.Further he may hold lot of personal agendas against Zimba ( he is SCAR as in lion king ).

    He should follow the formal route , do a stint with Cricket Australia,or ECB or the least at the NZ Camp and prove to the Cricket Fraternity, as the PRIME MINISTER he was very divisive,greedy,selfish,disliked the Aboriginal Australians, and was unable to hold to his Parliamentary Seat during the 2007 Election.

    LET US ALL PRAY THAT THIS MAN IS NOT IN THE ICC till he realise & reforms .

    Cheers : Gregory Fernando

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Peter and allfone http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/463737.html your arguments are based on the said article.If you read the following article and others that covered Howard's visit http://www.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/464770.html. You will realise that Zimbabwe is not leading the opposition of Howard's candidature. Again the Anglo saxxon media chose to mislead the cricket nation by publishing false hoods on the Zimbabwean position. Instead of the media focussing its anger on why Sri Lanka , SA and Zim are opposing Howard, they should give him a platform to convince these nations as to what he intends to bring to the sport. On those grounds he will be clearly exposed for the fraud he is. In a democracy there should be an allowance for divergent views. Peter Chingoka did not destroy cricket in Zim alone. Those that chose to be part of the problem i.e (Aus,Eng and New Zealnad) are equally to blame for destroying cricket in Zim. Cricket should learn from FIFA

  • P Subramani on June 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in having a politician for either of the two posts of the iCC which are being discussed about. In fact Sharad Pawar is an old warhorse with the right level of diplomacy and more importantly, common sense. Besides he does'nt have the arrogance or the prjudices borne out of the belief that some people are more equal than others because of where they come from.A measure of his maturity can be seen in the incident that took place at an award presentation in India when Ponting the irrepressible Australian captain asked Pawar to clear off the dais so that the team could be photographed. I am afraid John Howard can never be in that league of humility and tolerance. He is too prejudiced to be anywhere near the ICC even if that body is on the verge of becoming irrelevant. It is ironical that Sutherland, Ponting and other Australians are bending for votes and Howard himself is presenting his credentials before the Zimbabwe Board.An ICC President is expected to be better

  • Robert on June 28, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Howard should never have been even considered for the job, surely it should be a person who has the cricket knowledge and has played cricket at some level and really knows what cricket is about, not some who come out against a certain cricketer who played for Sri Lanka, and said he was a chucker, a slur on the game and why put a person who is Bias .vote no no no, have the guts to do it and put a real cricket person to that post.

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