The International Cricket Council (ICC), during their 78th Annual General Meeting, inducted Mongolia, Switzerland, and Tajikistan as its three new members.
Mongolia and Tajikistan are the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe’s 35th Member. With the latest update, ICC now has 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates.
The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was founded in 2007. The nation oversees close to 400 regular participants. At the national level, an eight-team T20 competition runs, as well three-match 50-over series played between clubs. While its first permanent cricket ground, the Mongolian Friendship Ground, opened in the country in 2017, the game was officially accepted into the National Youth Games in 2019. Mongolia is due to host the International Youth Green Games in September 2021, with cricket as one of the highlight sports.
On the other hand, Cricket Switzerland (CS), which was inaugurated as an association in 2014, currently comprises 33 active clubs. The nation has over twenty senior men’s clubs competing across three formats (T10, T20 and 40-over competitions. Cricket Switzerland was recognised by the national Olympic committee in 2018. CS was previously an Affiliate member of ICC up until 2012. The nation last played in an international competition back in 2009. It will finally achieve the T20I status.
The Tajikistan Cricket Federation, which was officially formed in 2011, hosts a six-team national league. It mainly focuses on the shorter formats of the game. Cricket became part of the official government sports curriculum in May 2019.
“We are delighted to be welcoming three new Members into the ICC family, which reflects the growth and potential of the global game,” William Glenwright, ICC general manager for development, said. “All three applications demonstrated an impressive commitment to growing the game – particularly amongst women and youth – and we look forward to assisting them in achieving their potential.
“As cricket activity begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are at an exciting stage of cricket’s growth with ambitious plans and projects to deliver in partnership with our Members to not only navigate the impact of Covid-19 but to also help achieve transformative growth for the sport globally.”