Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday voiced support for the nomination of John Howard for the post of the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president.
The ICC, which concluded a series of meetings here on Thursday, had rejected the former Australian Prime Minister's candidacy for the post. He was put up by Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, which were asked to reconsider their nomination.
Cutting across party lines in Australia, Ms. Gillard extended full support to Mr. Howard.
In a radio interview, a transcript of which was later released, she said: “I share some of the concerns he has voiced publicly about the kind of factors that are influencing this decision. So I would be very happy to offer full support to John Howard to get this role.” She described him as a “passionate, passionate cricket fan.”
A controversy is brewing over the unstated reasons for the rejection of Mr. Howard's nomination.
At a press conference here, after the conclusion of the annual meetings, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The ICC Board does not have to give reasons [for rejecting Mr. Howard's nomination]. There weren't sufficient number of delegates in support of the nomination. It did not go to vote, and the outcome was to request Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket to reconsider their nomination and to return to the ICC by August 31.”