Audio of NZC Chairman Alan Isaac and CA Chairman Jack Clarke talking to the press about John Howard's nomination for the role of ICC Vice President
Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket said today they were deeply disappointed that their joint nomination of former Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Mr John Howard AC, for the position of ICC Vice President had not been supported by the ICC Executive Board when it met in Singapore today.
The Chairmen of the two boards, Jack Clarke and Alan Isaac, said in a joint statement that Australia and New Zealand had nominated the best possible candidate from the region under the ICC's stipulated process.
"John Howard is an eminent and well-credentialed international statesman who Australia and New Zealand nominated after a comprehensive selection process.
"We jointly nominated Mr Howard as a candidate as he possesses significant leadership and administrative skills.
"We believe cricket needs to continue to seek excellence and dispassionate independence in the game’s global governance.
"We were delighted that the most senior world figure ever considered for this role agreed to accept the nomination.
"We remain convinced it is reasonable for his nomination to be supported by the ICC Executive Board and we are deeply disappointed by the position taken at today’s meeting.
"The ICC Executive Board has now invited us to resubmit a nomination by 31 August. Firstly, we shall need to go back to our respective Boards and then for Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to agree upon a combined approach."