Dubai:The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Monday it had received New Zealand and Australia's nomination of Alan Isaac to be vice-president of the global governing body from 2010-2012.
Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket put forward Isaac after their previous nominee, former Australia Prime Minister John Howard, failed to get sufficient backing from the ICC board for a post which will eventually see the holder become president of the body.
Isaac, an experienced cricket administrator and former captain of Wellington's 2nd XI, has been the chairman of New Zealand Cricket since 2008.
An accountant by profession, Isaac is also an ICC director and his candidacy has so far been broadly welcomed by his fellow administrators, even from those representing countries who had reservations regarding Howard.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: "I am grateful to both Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket for their joint nomination of Mr Isaac as the ICC vice-president.
"The process now requires Mr Isaac's nomination to be formally approved by the ICC board and council which will be done as quickly as possible through a circular resolution so that he immediately assumes responsibility as ICC vice-president for two years before taking over as the ICC president in 2012."
The ICC had on July 1 rejected the candidature of Howard -- following a reported revolt by its leading African and Asian nations -- on July 1 and asked Australia and New Zealand to nominate someone else by August 31.
Lorgat has repeatedly declined to disclose why Howard's bid failed.
But the rejection of Howard, Australia's Prime Minister from 1996 to 2007, is believed to have stemmed from his very public opposition to Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe.
He also incurred the wrath of the powerful Asian cricket bloc in 2004 by labelling Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan a "chucker," or someone with an illegal bowling action.
In 2006, Howard strongly supported Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who outraged Pakistan by halting a Test match and awarding victory to England during a protest over ball-tampering allegations.
Several Test nations also objected to Howard's appointment because he had no experience of cricket administration.
Cricket Australia on Friday declined to name another candidate and instead decided to support Isaac.