Howard to be next ICC vice president

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Dubai, Mar 2 (ANI): Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket have nominated former Australia Prime Minister John Howard for the position of ICC Vice-President.

After a lengthy and comprehensive selection process Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket submitted Howard's nomination to the ICC on Tuesday.

The nomination will now go to the ICC's Executive Board meeting for approval in April and then proposed to the Full Membership at Annual Conference in June/July for acceptance.

Howard said: "It is a great honour to be nominated by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket for the vice-presidency of the International Cricket Council from June-July 2010. Cricket has been one of my lifelong passions and, if the ICC accepts my nomination, it will be a privilege to serve this great game."

Under the ICC's rotational policy, an Australasian nominee will take over the ICC presidency from 2012.

That role will now fall to Howard, who will make his first strides into sporting administration.

"We are pleased that an eminent candidate in John Howard has agreed, after an exhaustive process, to take the role of joint Australia-New Zealand nominee for the ICC presidency," said Jack Clarke and Allen Isaac, the chairmen of Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, in a joint statement. (ANI)

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