Bridgetown, June 27: The Intertiol Cricket Council (ICC) Board, exercising its power under Article 2.7 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, has unimously decided to suspend the membership of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) with immediate effect.
The decision was made after very careful consideration of the findings set out in a recently constituted Review Group report to the ICC Board on the status and activities of USACA — a comprehensive document based on inputs from over 100 stakeholders, including USACA — and followed a meeting with USACA representatives during the ICC Annual Conference.
The Review Group in its report expressed “significant concerns about the governce, fince, reputation and cricketing activities of USACA”.
The suspension means that USACA will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding nor will it be entitled to determine whether cricket matches and events staged in the US should have the status of approved or disapproved cricket. Instead, the ICC will make that determition.
However, the ICC Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to the suspension, has confirmed it will allow the US cricket team to participate in next month’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland. The US Under-19 team will also be permitted to play in the upcoming Americas Championship in Bermuda.
“The ICC Board has made this difficult decision after careful consideration and in the best interest of the game and all cricketers in the US. The country has tremendous potential but because of governce, fincial and cricketing challenges, the opportunity to grow the game is not being properly nurtured,” ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan said in a statement.
In order to have its suspension lifted and its membership reinstated, USACA will be required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the ICC Board, by reference to detailed and specific evidence, that conditions relating to governce, fince and its cricket activities have been addressed and remedied in full. IANS