Howard throws weight behind Zimbabwe Cricket


Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has thrown his weight behind Zimbabwe after years of being critical to the southern African nation.
Speaking after meeting Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman, Peter Chingoka, ZC managing director, Ozias Bvute and ZC’s legal and constitutional board committee member Wilson Manase, Howard who is bidding for the International Cricket Council leadership position said: “My personal wish is to see Zimbabwe fully re-integrated into the world cricket family and see the sport continue to grow in all parts of the world, including Zimbabwe.”
The meeting was held to discuss a number of issues including the ICC, the future of cricket in Zimbabwe and Howard’s candidature for the post of vice president of the ICC.
Bvute said: “I am confident that each party leaves this meeting with a better understanding of the other.”
After the meeting, Howard and chairman of Cricket Australia Jack Clark were taken on a tour of the Harare Sports Club at their request.
“I have heard great things about how fantastic this ground is and I would not have wanted to leave before I got the chance to see it for myself,” said Howard.
Howard was nominated as the Australasian representative for a two-year term as vice-president. He would then become president for a further two years.
On a five-region rotation system used by the ICC, Howard’s nomination will be a formality at next week’s ICC annual meeting in Singapore.
Zimbabwe began agitating behind the scenes to oppose the move and was publicly supported by South Africa. Howard needs seven of the 10 Test playing nations to support him.