England and India back Alan Isaac
The Indian board and the ECB have formally endorsed the nomination of Alan Isaac, the chairman of New Zealand Cricket, for the post of ICC vice-president. The official support of the two influential boards for Isaac is likely to herald the end of a contentious process that began when Australia and New Zealand jointly nominated former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the post.
The BCCI's formal approval of Isaac was one of the decisions made by its working committee during a meeting in Mumbai on Saturday. The ECB welcomed the nomination of Isaac through a press release. "Alan Isaac is an extremely able and experienced administrator with an outstanding record in both business and public life," ECB chairman Giles Clarke said. "He has chaired New Zealand Cricket with distinction, is extremely respected internationally and will make an excellent ICC president in due course."
Following Howard's nomination, a number of boards raised questions about his suitability for the role. His candidature was eventually rejected by six of the ICC's ten Full Members at the executive board meeting in Singapore in June. Isaac was put forward as a replacement for Howard after Sir John Anderson said he did not want to be ICC vice-president. Anderson was New Zealand's original choice for the position. While Cricket Australia remains convinced Howard is the best man for the job, it nevertheless agreed to support Isaac.