Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was rather outspoken on matters Zimbabwean during his time in office, is currently in Harare with Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke, in an effort to boost support for his bid to head up the ICC. Howard is in line to become ICC Vice-President this year, rising to the post of President in 2012 - but his bid for the post is under threat thanks to opposition from Zimbabwe and South Africa, who question his suitability for the role. A statement issued by CA reads:
"Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket today confirmed ICC vice-president nominee, John Howard, will meet with Zimbabwe Cricket officials ahead of the ICC annual conference next week. Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke also travelled with Mr Howard on behalf of both cricketing boards.
"The meetings will take place in Harare today and follow meetings with Zimbabwe Sports Minister, Senator David Coltart, in Australia and New Zealand last week. Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, together with Mr Howard as their nominee, took up the opportunity to meet personally with the ZC officials before the annual conference to formalise relationships and discuss the current challenges and progress of international cricket and those particular to the ZC Board."
I suspect that if ZC served lunch during their meetings, a large portion of humble pie may well have been consumed by Mr Howard.
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