Imtiaz Patel will not be next world cricket chief

March 31st, 2008 - 4:24 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, March 31 (IANS) South African Imtiaz Patel has withdrawn interest in taking over as the next International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive officer, it was announced by the world body here Monday. Patel conveyed his decision in a telephone conversation with ICC President-Elect David Morgan Sunday.

“My family and I have reflected deeply on the wonderful opportunity which the ICC presented to me to fulfil such an important role in a sport which is in my blood.

“After considering my position carefully, I have, however, resolved to remain in my beloved country, South Africa, and continue in my challenging and fulfilling role as Chief Executive Officer of SuperSport International,” said Patel in a statement issued by the ICC.

Commenting on Patel’s decision, ICC President Morgan said: “We are obviously disappointed that Imtiaz has chosen to withdraw his interest, having regarded him highly. However, the fact that Imtiaz has withdrawn does not mean that, by default, we will be left with a candidate who is, in any way, inferior to him.

“In fact, we have been fortunate to have several high calibre candidates on the shortlist, all of whom bring something slightly different to the table.”

The incoming CEO will take over from Malcolm Speed, who steps down from the role after this year’s ICC annual conference, which will take place June 29-July 4.

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