ICC ratifies suspensions of Nepal, USA boards

Kathmandu, July 1

The International Cricket Council on Thursday ratified the suspensions of Cricket Association of Nepal and USA Cricket Association.

The ICC had suspended the CAN in April this year accusing the Nepal Sports Council of unnecessary interference into the cricket affairs and for not holding free and fair elections. The USACA was suspended in April 2015. “The 53-member Full Council unanimously ratified the suspensions of the CAN and USACA, which were suspended in June 2015 and April 2016, respectively,” said ICC in website.

ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar, however, announced that ICC delegations comprising Board Directors and senior management would visit the two countries to meet with the relevant stakeholders and provide an update during the October meetings. “Both Nepal and the US are important Members of the ICC as they have tremendous talent and potential. The ICC, as part of its game and market development strategy, will continue to provide the countries with as much support as possible so that they can put in place good governance and cricket structures,” Manohar added.

“An ICC delegation will visit Nepal and will meet with the Nepal government and cricket officials, while I will lead an ICC team including Dave Cameron, Giles Clarke, Imran Khawaja and David Peever to the USA to meet with various stakeholders in that market and help them lay the foundation for the effective development of the sport (at grass roots and international level) and implementation of a governance structure that unifies the entire cricket community in the USA,” said Manohar. The meeting also approved Saudi Arabia as the ICC’s 39th Associate Member during its Full Council meeting in Edinburgh on Thursday.