Cricket Australia's decision to nominate John Howard as its candidate for the top job at the International Cricket Council is as pitiful as it is disrespectful. Howard's knowledge of cricket is more characterised by enthusiasm than depth or imagination. Plain and simple he is not qualified for the job.
Moreover, the way in which he has been plucked from the sidelines shows Cricket Australia in the worst possible light. Rather than recommending a retired politician, no matter how eminent, Cricket Australia ought to be getting behind the splendid candidate suggested by its counterpart and former war ally across the Tasman. Instead it stands accused on intransigence.
Not that the ICC is the model of a powerful organisation. Interesting times.