Our pick for ICC

Chairman of New Zealand Cricket Alan Isaac, 58, has trumped former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as the region’s nominee to take the ICC’s vice-presidency, which after a two-year term leads to the top post. Isaac supports the creation of windows in the future tours schedule for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Isaac is also supporting the creation of a Test championship series. He assumes the ICC presidency in 212 and hopes at the end of his tenure all international cricket matches have context and happily co-exist with lucrative domestic leagues. “The Future Tours Program has to allow the IPL, because unless it is accommodated we will end up with more challenges,” Isaac said. “There will be more pressure put around the scheduling of ICC events [such as World Cups and the Champions Trophy], and those ICC events are so critical to members because of the revenue generated.” Isaac is also chairman of advisory firm McGrath Nicol, the New Zealand Fire Service Audit Committee and director of Wakefield Health and Rugby New Zealand 211.


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You Can’t Stop Sonny Bill Williams From Shining

You Can’t Stop Sonny Bill Williams From Shining

A star in rugby union and league, and now a professional boxer, Auckland-born Bill Williams, 36, reveals his inner torments and tells The Guardian’s Donald McRae what drives him on. “I get pretty emotional…