22 Apr 2010

John Howard's ICC job stalled

6:37 pm on 22 April 2010

John Howard's controversial elevation to the vice-presidency of the International Cricket Council has struck a snag.

The former Australian Prime Minister's nomination as the preferred candidate of the Australian and New Zealand cricket boards has been referred for discussion to the ICC's executive, when it's normally a matter of rubber-stamping.

New Zealand had pushed for Sir John Anderson to take the role before Australia got in the way.

An ICC spokesman has denied Howard's nomination had been blocked by Zimbabwe because as Prime Minister he ordered the Australian cricket team not to tour Zimbabwe in 2007.