John Howard fails in ICC presidency bid

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Sydney, Jun 30: Afro-Asian countries in International Cricket Council (ICC) blocked former Australian prime minister John Howard's future presidency of the ICC.

Majority of test-playing nations signed a letter opposing Howard's future presidency of the ICC, which will be decided at an executive board meeting in Singapore.

Howard, a passionate cricket fan who led a conservative government in Australia for 11 years, was the joint Australia-New Zealand candidate for vice president and due to take up that role in 2010.

"Six of the 10 major cricket nations signed a letter opposing Howard as a candidate while a seventh, Zimbabwe, did not sign but is one of the main agitators against him," reported cricket journalist Malcolm Conn.

"Howard's only supporters were the three white nations: Australia, New Zealand and England, reinforcing the power of the Afro-Asia bloc in world cricket," he added.

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