Former New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chairman John Anderson has declined an offer to be the new nominee for the vice-presidency of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in place of John Howard, NZC said on Saturday.
Howard, the former Australian prime minister, was the initial selection of NZC and Cricket Australia (CA) for the post but his candidacy was rejected by the ICC executive board late last month for undisclosed reasons.
The ICC vice-president, chosen by the two countries this year under an international rotation system, will become the world governing body's president in 2012.
"In the light of the ICC's rejection of the nomination of John Howard, I approached Sir John Anderson to assess his availability for the role," NZC Chairman Alan Isaac said in a statement.
"Unfortunately Sir John advised me that he is not available to be considered as a possible nominee.
"The NZC Board respects Sir John's position and acknowledges the outstanding contribution he has made to game of cricket. We have recommenced discussions with Cricket Australia around a proposed a way forward."
Anderson chaired NZC for 13 years from 1995 to 2008 and also represented New Zealand on the ICC board.
CA and NZC have until Aug. 31 to come up with a new nominee.