The International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Switzerland as members at its 78th Annual General Meeting.
The meeting was conducted virtually, during which Mongolia and Tajikistan were welcomed as the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe’s 35th member. With the new members now the ICC have 106 members in total, including 94 associates.
ICC General Manager Development, William Glenwright 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,” he added.
The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was established in 2007 and it became the official national administrator of the sport in 2018.
While cricket was first played in Switzerland in 1817 and Cricket Switzerland (CS) was inaugurated as an association in 2014. The Tajikistan Cricket Federation was officially formed in 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Olympic Committee that has led the development of infrastructure and the building of a domestic cricket structure a focusing on women and junior cricket.