Sri Lanka oppose John Howard as ICC president

By Rhys Hayward
John Howard

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard (Photo: RD Ward)

Sri Lanka have added to the pressure mounting against former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was pencilled in to become ICC President in two years time.

The self confessed ‘cricket tragic’ is due to rise to the post of vice-president in the near future, before graduating to the full role two years later.

But Sri Lanka have joined South Africa and Zimbabwe, who retain full-member status despite being absent from test-cricket, in opposing the decision.

Howard needs seven of the ten members to vote him into the role so his successful election depends on no other countries going the same way as Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket’s Interim Cricket Committee Chairman, Somachandra de Silva, told Cricinfo: “At the last ICC meeting in Dubai about two months ago, it was mentioned that Howard’s name was being put forward for the vice-president’s post, and I was of the opinion that it was wrong.

“Anyone coming forward for ICC posts should be currently involved in cricket and not be a total outsider.

“In that respect we would not be supporting the candidature of Howard for the vice-presidency.”

Under the ICC’s complicated bureaucracy, President’s are chosen by various ‘blocks,’ on a rotation policy before being put forward for election. The process is usually little more than a formality.

Howard, who upset Sri Lankan’s in the past by questioning Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action, has been nominated by New Zealand and Australia. He was Prime Minister between 1996-2007.

The role of ICC president is primarily a figurehead position and is currently held by Welshman David Morgan.

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