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ICC rejects Howard’s vice-presidency bid

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SINGAPORE – Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s nomination to be the future leader of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been rejected amid mounting opposition from Asia and Africa.Howard’s nomination was withdrawn yesterday at an ICC executive board meeting in Singapore, where up to six of the ten full members of the sport’s world governing body signed a letter opposing him as the next ICC vice-president.Becoming vice-president would have given Howard an unopposed path to the ICC presidency in 2012, but his nomination ran into opposition from Zimbabwe and South Africa over his past criticism of the Robert Mugabe regime and from Sri Lanka, which opposes his nomination because he’s has no experience in cricket administration. (AP)