Pawar files nomination for ICC leadership

Published: Friday, December 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The powerful Asian bloc in world cricket has nominated Sharad Pawar of India for the presidency of the sport's governing body, an official said.

Indian cricket board official Ratnakar Shetty said the decision to nominate Pawar was taken at a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council in Singapore.

"Asian Test-playing nations India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have decided on the nomination of Pawar, and it has been sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC)," he said on Friday.

Indian board secretary Niranjan Shah had earlier said they hoped to elicit the support of the West Indies also.

The ICC will vote on a successor to current chief, Percy Sonn of South Africa, for a two-year period from 2008 at its annual meeting in July next year.

English cricket chief David Morgan has also reportedly thrown his hat in the ring following backing from Australia and New Zealand.

Nominations for the elections close on January 1, 2007 at the ICC's world headquarters in Dubai.

Pawar, 66, a powerful Indian politician who is also the federal agriculture minister, took over the reins of the Indian Cricket Board last year after a bitter election against the Jagmohan Dalmiya faction.

Dalmiya, a former ICC president, was thrown out of the Indian board this month after being accused of fudging accounts related to the 1996 World Cup that India hosted jointly with Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The four sub-continent nations also won the right to stage the 2011 World Cup after defeating a combined bid by Australia and New Zealand.


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