Howard's selection as ICC vice-president will be good for cricket: Waugh

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New Delhi, Mar 21(ANI): Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh reckons the selection of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard to be the International Cricket Council's (ICC) vice-president for two years will be good for cricket.

Earlier, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket had submitted Howard's nomination to the ICC post after a lengthy and comprehensive selection process. He was nominated ahead of past NZC chairman and prominent businessman Sir John Anderson.

"I think he is. He has a real passion for the game. I think his great skill is his diplomacy, which is vital in world cricket administration," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Waugh, as saying.

"It's a difficult task, a bit of a balancing act, and he's more than up to it. I'm sure if he can lead this country for more than a decade he can lead the ICC. He has all the skills that are necessary, but most importantly is he has a genuine passion for the game," he added.

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.

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

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

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