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Asian bloc support Pawar for ICC top job

June 01, 2007 14:19 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Sharad Pawar may once again be nominated for the International Cricket Council president's post by the Asian bloc during their meeting this month to constitute the joint organising committee for 2011 World Cup.

A Pakistan Cricket Board source said representatives from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who would be meeting later this month to work out the arrangements for the next edition of the World Cup, would strike a consensus on sending Pawar's name for the post for a second time.

Pawar had contested the elections last year against England and Wales Cricket Board chairman David Morgan but neither of them got elected after they split votes.

The source said the Asian bloc would also push for an early election for the new president after incumbent Percy Sonn's death last month.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at Pakistan's summer resort Bhurban.

Meanwhile, a Pakistan Cricket Board official has ruled out any chance of an associate member country's representative being appointed as ICC's acting president.

The ICC is expected to announce an acting president in Sonn's place to chair its annual meeting in the third week of June.

The PCB official, who did not want to be named, said Sir John Anderson of New Zealand was likely to get this short-term assignment until a new president is elected.

"There has been talk of Malaysia's Prince Tunku Imran being considered as acting president but the ICC history is that the members always back a representative of a full member country for any prime posting not anyone from an associate country," the official said.

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