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Changes in ICC structure favour Afghanistan

Changes in ICC structure favour Afghanistan

Feb 23, 2017 - 09:37

KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has proposed changes to Full Membership status, a plan which could pave the way for emerging nations like Afghanistan and Ireland to play against major teams, a media report said on Thursday.

Full Membership of ICC would no longer be a permanent right but instead a privilege up for review every five years. Struggling teams such as Zimbabwe and the West Indies could be replaced as associate members if they continued to show poor performance, the ESPN Cricinfo said.

This information has been emailed to the full members’ boards by the ICC governance working group, which says there would be only two type of membership. Affiliate Membership would be eliminated.

According to the news site, Associate nation status will be reviewed every two years and they need to adhere to stricter membership criteria.

"In short, a Full Member is no longer guaranteed his status forever. All membership and the continuation of the membership will be on merit. A review of membership compliance of the criteria will take place every five years for Full Members and every two years for Associates."

The email did not spell out what criteria for the two kinds of membership will be, saying only "new, detailed and objective membership criteria have been developed.

These criteria and the utilisation of the Membership Committee aim to make the processes around dealing with the membership matters objective, transparent and free from political influence.

One of the main criteria, however, is likely to be some degree of financial transparency. The ICC will withhold funding from members unless they provide information on their finances, as well as how it is spent.