Afghanistan to be nominated for ICC associate membership
By Khushnood Nabizada - Thu Sep 27 2012, 10:09 am
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has called on the International Cricket Council to give associate membership to Afghanistan which would elevate the war-torn country to the second tier of membership behind the 10 Test-playing nations.
The support for Afghanistan’s elevation to the second tier of ICC membership, one rung below Test level, comes after their players – many of whom learned the game in refugee camps – took part in their second World Twenty20 this month.
The decision was taken at the meeting held on Monday in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, with committee members agreeing on the need to push for the promotion of Afghanistan (currently an Affiliate member) to an ICC Associate member nation.
“Perhaps our most significant decision [taken at the meeting] has been to substantiate the claim of Afghanistan to be an Associate member of the ICC,” confirmed ACC chief executive, Ashraf-ul-Haq on Tuesday in Lahore. “Afghanistan has been the strongest side among the Affiliate members, so we are backing them for the promotion.”
Afghanistan, who were eliminated in the group stages of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka which resumes with the super eights on Thursday, are one of 60 ICC affiliate members.
There are 36 associate members in countries where “cricket is firmly established and organised”.
Associate membership, for countries “where cricket is firmly established and organised”, would be a huge step forward for Afghanistan after they won affiliate membership in 2001 and earned the right to play one-day internationals in 2009.