The International Cricket Council has awarded membership status to three countries during the ongoing ICC Annual Conference in Birmingham. Cambodia and Uzbekistan from Asia, and Cote D’Ivoire from Africa, were all awarded Associate membership status, taking ICC’s total members to 108 countries, including 96 Associates. The two Asian teams take the total count of Asian countries to 25 while Cote D’Ivoire is the 21st country from Africa.
Major criteria to gain ICC Membership:
- A major criteria to gain ICC Membership is detailed in ‘Participation and domestic structures’ of Clause 2.1 (d) of the ICC Membership Criteria.
- This includes having in place a proper structure with minimum team requirements for 50-over and 20-over tournaments, aside from clear junior and women’s pathways.
- The three new countries satisfied these conditions, with the Cricket Federation of Uzbekistan’s (CFU) women’s cricket plan involving 15 teams playing organised competitions with a pathway programme for their Under-19 and Under-17 players.
Other important Points:
- Ukraine’s application for ICC Membership is deferred until cricket activity is able to safely resume within the country, but the ICC will continue to support the Ukraine Cricket Federation through this process.
- Cricket Russia’s suspension at the 2021 AGM has turned into termination after it failed to resolve the issues and demonstrate compliance following suspension.