Sir John Anderson has told New Zealand Cricket he's not available for nomination for the position of vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Former Australian prime minister John Howard was jointly nominated by the Australian and New Zealand cricket authorities for the job ahead of Sir John, who was New Zealand's original choice.
The nomination is usually rubber-stamped by the ICC and the nominee then spends two years as vice-president before taking over the presidency.
This time, however, the ICC rejected Mr Howard and demanded a new nominee.
New Zealand Cricket chairman Alan Isaac says he approached Sir John about the role, but he was unfortunately not available to be considered as a nominee.
Based on an international rotation system, it is New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia's turn to jointly nominate the candidate, and Isaac says the two organisations have started talks again.