Howard snub can lead to change in ICC’s rotational policy: MorganJuly 2nd, 2010 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, Jul 2 (ANI): The rejection of former Australian premier John Howard, as vice-president of the International Cricket Council has exposed a rift and could lead to an overhaul of procedures in cricket’s top administrative body.
Former ICC president David Morgan expressed his disappointment at the snubbing of Howard by a majority of ICC member countries at a meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.
Morgan predicted that the rotational policy in place to elect senior ICC officials could be scrapped, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Morgan and his successor, Sharad Pawar, jointly urged the 10 voting members a month ago to honour the rotation policy agreed three years ago, with Pawar predicting their call would be “unanimously supported”.
“Once he [Pawar] had committed not only to support the process but support the candidature of Howard I felt fairly confident that the opposition would be swept away,” Morgan said.
“It’s a matter of acute disappointment to me that I was unable to persuade the board to support the nomination of Howard. I think he would have been a very fine vice-president and indeed president of the ICC,” he added.
Australian and regional ally New Zealand have been given until the end of August to submit a new nominee, although this has been complicated by Howard’s refusal to withdraw.
Morgan said the future of the policy was now in doubt. (ANI)
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