Sydney, July 3: As John Howard's bid was rejected by majority of the Test playing Nations, former Australian captain Mark Taylor could be proposed as an alternate candidate for the ICC Vice-President's post.
According to a report in the 'Sydney Morning Herald', although Cricket Australia(CA)and New Zealand Cricket(NZC) continue to back Howard, they might propose Taylor by the August 31 deadline set by the ICC.
"Mark Taylor could be floated as an alternative candidate to John Howard for the ICC vice-presidency at a Cricket Australia board meeting next week," the report stated quoting sources.
Howard was rejected by the Afro-Asian members of the ICC Executive Board and though no specific reasons were given for the snub, there is speculation that the former Australian Prime Minister was reckoned as inexperienced and too much of a political baggage.
Although CA is completely disappointed over Howard's rejection, it does not want the matter to drag too much, the newspaper reported.
Taylor, a successful Australian captain who was succeeded by Steve Waugh, is a member of the ICC's cricket committee and CA's board.
Accroding to the report NZC chief Justin Vaughan said the Taylor is a perfect candidate but the issue would have to be discussed thoroughly before proposing his name.
"Mark Taylor is an outstanding individual. But I think it's too premature to be talking potential candidates at this stage. I think what we all need is to take some time to let the dust settle and reconvene at our respective board meetings," he said.