ZC holds aces in ICC meeting

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) hold the keys to former Australian premier John Howard’s ascendency to the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-presidency at the world cricket governing body meeting taking place in Singapore.
Howard’s vice-presidency will be a key issue at the ICC’s executive board meeting today and tomorrow, which occurs before the elevation of India’s Sharad Pawar to the top job.
The meeting, which was supposed to have taken place in England was switched to the Asian country after ZC president Peter Chingoka was banned from travelling to the European country because he was close to President Robert Mugabe.
The move resulted in tense relations between Zimbabwe and other powerful western nations like Australia and New Zealand who abandoned their trips here arguing that there was not enough security for their teams.
Howard himself has been a harsh critic of President Mugabe accusing the 86-year-old leader of human rights abuses.
Only last week, Howard was in the country to lobby for support from ZC after reports that Zimbabwe and South Africa opposed Howard’s installation as vice-president.
He met Chingoka, managing director Ozias Bvute and ZC board member Wilson Manase.
Bvute said afterwards: “Each party leaves this meeting with a better understanding of the other.”
The appointment of Howard was supposed to be a formality but it has become increasingly uncertain following complaints raised by Zimbabwe and South Africa.
David Morgan, the out-going ICC president, supports Howards’ nomination, which was proposed by Australia and New Zealand following a drawn-out selection process.
Under the ICC’s guidelines, Howard should become president in 2012, replacing Pawar, the Indian politician.