Cricket Australia has backed New Zealand's Alan Isaac as candidate for vice-president of the International Cricket Council after opposition to its original choice, John Howard. The ICC had rejected Howard's nomination by Australia and New Zealand after it only won the backing of England, with India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe being against. But while Cricket Australia has now supported the nomination of businessman Isaac, who is New Zealand Cricket's chairman, it has also restated its support for Howard, the country's former prime minister.
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