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Zimbabwe Cricket Says No Position Yet On Howard Nomination for ICC President

Zimbabwe Cricket says it is not yet decided on the nomination of Prime Minister John Howard as head of the International Cricket Council as per press reports.

A senior Zimbabwe Cricket official said Wednesday that the organization has not decided whether it will oppose the nomination of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as International Cricket Council president.

Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Ozias Bvute said that contrary to press reports, the issue has not been taken up yet and the organization has yet to decide how Zimbabwe will vote next month. Reports said Zimbabwe and South Africa would oppose Howard’s nomination due to his tough position on Harare’s human rights record.

The ICC follows a policy of regional rotation for its presidency and it is now the turn of Australia and New Zealand to fill the top slot. Australia and New Zealand must nominate someone, upon which the ICC board will consider the nomination before putting it to a vote of the organization's annual conference.

Cricket analyst Wellington Dangarembizi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that Howard might be a controversial candidate because some might fear he would bring politics into the sport.

In regional cricket news, South Africa’s under-19 cricket team was expected to tour Zimbabwe in late June to play five one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.

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