List of International Cricket Council members

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Map of the current ICC member nations and its subordinate regional bodies. The members are coloured thus:
     Red: full members (that play Test cricket) (e.g. England)
     Orange: associate members (e.g. Ireland)
     Gold: dependent territories of associate members (not ICC members in their own right) (e.g. Greenland)
     Blue: affiliate members (e.g. Bhutan)
     Blue Grey: suspended members (e.g. Iran)
     Green: associate members of the ICC subordinate regional body, the w: Asian Cricket Council, which are not yet members of the ICC (e.g. Cambodia)
     Dark grey: former members (e.g. Cuba)
     Grey: non-members (e.g. Chad)

The ICC was founded at Lord's on 15 June 1909 as the Imperial Cricket Conference,[1] with Australia, England, and South Africa as its founding members. In the beginning, only countries within the commonwealth could join.[2] These members were then joined by British India, New Zealand, and the West Indies in 1926 and later by Pakistan in 1953.[3] In 1961, South Africa resigned due to their leaving the Commonwealth.[3] The Imperial Cricket Conference was renamed the International Cricket Conference in 1965 with new rules permitting countries from outside the Commonwealth to be elected into the governing body for the first time.[2] Any new member elected to the governing body could only be an Associate Member with the possibility of being promoted to a Full Member. The first Associates were Fiji and the USA.[2] In 1989, the ICC was again renamed, this time to International Cricket Council.[2] South Africa was reelected as a Full Member to the ICC in 1991 and Zimbabwe was elected in 1992.[3] The most recent new Full Member is Bangladesh, which was elected in 2000.[3] The ICC currently has 105 members.

Membership is a hierarchy and there are three categories of membership: Full Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.[2] In the highest category, there are 10 Full Members. Below the Full Members are the 38 Associate Members. In the lowest category, there are 57 Affiliate Members.

Full members[edit]

Full Members are the governing bodies for cricket in a country or associated countries. Full Members may also represent a geographical area. All Full Members have a right to send one representative team to play official Test matches. Also, all Full Member nations are automatically qualified to play ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.[2] West Indies cricket team does not represent one country, but rather an amalgamation of more than 20 countries and territories from the Caribbean. The English Cricket team represents both England and Wales. Here is the official ranking site.

Team Governing body Member since[2] Current ranking
Test ODI T20
1  Australia Cricket Australia 15 July 1909 2 1 2
2  Bangladesh Bangladesh Cricket Board 26 June 2000 9 7 10
3  England England and Wales Cricket Board 15 July 1909 6 6 8
4  India Board of Control for Cricket in India 31 May 1926 5 2 4
5  New Zealand New Zealand Cricket 31 May 1926 4 3 7
6  Pakistan Pakistan Cricket Board 28 July 1952 3 8 3
7  South Africa Cricket South Africa 15 July 1909 1 4 6
8  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Cricket 21 July 1981 7 5 1
9  West Indies West Indies Cricket Board 31 May 1926 8 9 5
10  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Cricket 6 July 1992 10 11 14

Associate members[edit]

Associate Members are countries where cricket is firmly established and organised but do not qualify for Full Membership.[2] There are 38 Associate Members, Oman, Afghanistan and Vanuatu being the recently promoted.

All Associates are eligible to play in the ICC World Cricket League, a series of international one-day cricket administered by the ICC.[4] There is also an ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier that works as a qualification process for ICC World Twenty20 that occurs every two years. The qualified teams are awarded Twenty20 International status.[5]

An associate member must maintain the following criteria along with other administration requirements of the national governing body:[6]

  • Have a minimum of 16 senior teams and 16 junior teams playing in a structured competition or competitions
  • Must have access to at least 8 cricket grounds, 4 of which must have a permanent pitch
Team Governing body Member since References
1  Afghanistan Afghanistan Cricket Board 2013 [7]
2  Argentina Asociacion de Cricket Argentino 1974 [8]
3  Belgium Belgian Cricket Federation 1991 [9]
4  Bermuda Bermuda Cricket Board 1966 [2]
5  Botswana Botswana Cricket Association 2001 [10]
6  Canada Cricket Canada 1968 [2]
7  Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Cricket Association 1997 [11]
8  Denmark Dansk Cricket Forbund 1966 [12]
9  Fiji Fiji Cricket Association 1965 [13]
10  France Association France Cricket 1998 [14]
11  Germany Deutscher Cricket Bund 1999 [15]
12  Gibraltar Gibraltar Cricket Association 1969 [16]
13  Guernsey Guernsey Cricket Board 2008 [17]
14  Hong Kong Hong Kong Cricket Association 1969 [2]
15  Ireland Cricket Ireland 1993 [2]
16  Israel Israel Cricket Association 1974 [2]
17  Italy Federazione Cricket Italiana 1995 [18]
18  Japan Japan Cricket Association 1989 [19]
19  Jersey Jersey Cricket Board 2007 [20]
20  Kenya Cricket Kenya 1981 [2]
21  Kuwait Kuwait Cricket Association 1998 [21]
22  Malaysia Malaysian Cricket Association 1967 [22]
23  Namibia Namibia Cricket Board 1992 [23]
24    Nepal Cricket Association of Nepal 1996 [24]
25  Netherlands Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond 1966 [2]
26  Nigeria Nigeria Cricket Association 2002 [25]
27  Oman Oman Cricket Board 2014 [26]
28  Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Cricket Board 1973 [27]
29  Scotland Cricket Scotland 1994 [2]
30  Singapore Singapore Cricket Association 1974 [28]
31  Suriname Surinaamse Cricket Bond 2002 [29]
32  Tanzania Tanzania Cricket Association 2001 [30]
33  Thailand Thailand Cricket League 1995 [31]
34  Uganda Uganda Cricket Association 1998 [32]
35  United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Cricket Board 1990 [33]
36  Vanuatu Vanuatu Cricket Association 2009 [34]
37  Zambia Zambia Cricket Union 2003 [35]

Associate Members with ODI status[edit]

ICC grants One Day International status to its associate and affiliate members based on their success in the World Cricket League. The top six teams are awarded One Day International status, which allows associate and affiliate teams to be eligible to play the full members and play-official ODI cricket.

The associate teams who currently hold ODI status are:

Team Governing body Member since Current ODI Ranking
1  Afghanistan Afghanistan Cricket Board 2013[7] 12
2  Hong Kong Hong Kong Cricket Association 1969[2] 15
3  Ireland Cricket Ireland 1993[2] 10
4  Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Cricket Board 1973[2] 16
5  Scotland Cricket Scotland 1994[2] 13
6  United Arab Emirates Emirates Cricket Board 1990[2] 14

Associate Members with T20I status[edit]

Associates that have Twenty20 International status by virtue of having ODI status are Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and UAE. ICC also awarded Twenty20 International status to Nepal and Netherlands, who took part and performed exceptionally well in 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[26][36]

Oman got T20I status by qualifying for 2016 ICC World Twenty20. Nepal lost its T20I status as it failed to qualify for 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

The associate teams who currently hold T20I status are:

Team Governing body Member since Current T20I Ranking
1  Afghanistan Afghanistan Cricket Board 2013[7] 9
2  Hong Kong Hong Kong Cricket Association 1969[2] 11
3  Ireland Cricket Ireland 1993[2] 15
4  Netherlands Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond 1966[2] 13
5  Scotland Cricket Scotland 1994[2] 12
6  United Arab Emirates Emirates Cricket Board 1990[2] Not yet played sufficient matches to achieve a ranking.
7  Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Cricket Board 1973[2] Not yet played sufficient matches to achieve a ranking.
8  Oman Oman Cricket Board 2015[37] Not yet played sufficient matches to achieve a ranking.

Affiliate members[edit]

Affiliate members are countries where the ICC recognises that cricket is played according to the Laws of Cricket.[2] There are 57 Affiliate Members. An affiliate member must maintain the following criteria along with other administration requirements of the national governing body:[38]

  • Have a minimum of 8 senior teams and 4 junior teams playing in at least one structured competition
  • Must have access to at least 2 cricket grounds
  • Must be capable of raising in excess of $2,500 each year in income from sources other than the ICC

In order for an affiliate member to be considered for becoming to an associate member the national governing body must demonstrate that it has met the criteria for associate membership and must have also met the following playing standards within the last three years:[6]

  • Competed in all relevant Global or Regional ICC international cricket competition for past 3 years
  • Ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd highest affiliate in the region and
  • Have achieved one of the following:
    • 2 wins against any associate nation in 50 over matches
    • Twice been highly competitive against one of the top 20 associate nations in 50 over matches
    • Once beaten an associate member and once been competitive against one of the top 20 associates in 50 over matches
    • 3 wins against any associate nation in 20 over matches
    • 3 times been highly competitive against one of the top 20 associate nations in 20 over matches
    • Twice beaten an associate member and once been highly competitive against one of the top 20 associates in 20 over matches
    • Once beaten an associate member and twice been highly competitive against one of the top 20 associates in 20 over matches
    • 3 results in ICC global or regional events with results that include any mix of wins against associate members and/or highly competitive results against one of the top 20 associate members from 50 over and/or 20 over matches
Team Governing body Member since References
1  Austria Austrian Cricket Association 1992 [39]
2  Bahamas Bahamas Cricket Association 1987 [40]
3  Bahrain Bahrain Cricket Association 2001 [41]
4  Belize Belize National Cricket Association 1997 [42]
5  Bhutan Bhutan Cricket Council Board 2001 [43]
6  Brazil Associaçao Brasileira de Cricket 2002 [44]
7  Bulgaria Bulgaria Cricket Federation 2008 [45]
8  Cameroon Cameroon Cricket Association 2007 [46]
9  Chile Asociacion Chilena de Cricket 2002 [47]
10  China Chinese Cricket Association 2004 [48]
11  Cook Islands Cook Islands Cricket Association 2000 [49]
12  Costa Rica Costa Rica Cricket Federation 2002 [50]
13  Croatia Croatia Cricket Board 2001 [51]
14  Cyprus Cyprus Cricket Association 1999 [52]
15  Czech Republic Czech Republic Cricket Union 2000 [53]
16  Estonia Estonia Cricket Association 2008 [54]
17  Falkland Islands Falkland Cricket Association 2007 [55]
18  Finland Finnish Cricket Association 2000 [56]
19  Gambia Gambia Cricket Association 2002 [57]
20  Ghana Ghana Cricket Association 2002 [58]
21  Greece Hellenic Cricket Federation 1995 [59]
22  Hungary Hungarian Cricket Association 2012 [60]
23  Indonesia Indonesia Cricket Foundation 2001 [61]
24  Isle of Man Isle of Man Cricket Association 2004 [62]
25  Lesotho Lesotho Cricket Association 2001 [63]
26  Luxembourg Luxembourg Cricket Federation 1998 [64]
27  Maldives Cricket Control Board of Maldives 1998 [65]
28  Mali Fédération Malienne de Cricket 2005 [2]
29  Malta Malta Cricket Association 1998 [66]
30  Mexico Mexico Cricket Association 2004 [67]
31  Mozambique Mozambican Cricket Association 2003 [68]
32  Myanmar Myanmar Cricket Federation 2006 [69]
33  Norway Norwegian Cricket Board 2000 [70]
34  Panama Panama Cricket Association 2002 [71]
35  Peru Peru Cricket Association 2007 [2]
36  Philippines Philippines Cricket Association 2000 [72]
37  Portugal Federação Portuguesa de Cricket 1996 [73]
38  Qatar Qatar Cricket Association 1999 [74]
39  Romania Cricket Romania 2013 [75]
40  Russia Cricket Russia 2012 [76]
41  Rwanda Rwanda Cricket Association 2003 [77]
42  Samoa Cricket Samoa 2000 [78]
43  Saudi Arabia Saudi Cricket Centre 2003 [79]
44  Serbia Serbian Cricket Federation 2015 [80]
45  Seychelles Seychelles Cricket Association 2010 [81]
46  Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Cricket Association 2002 [82]
47  Slovenia Slovenian Cricket Association 2005 [83]
48  South Korea Korea Cricket Association 2001 [84]
49  Spain Asociacion Española de Cricket 1992 [85]
50  Saint Helena St Helena Cricket Association 2001 [86]
51  Swaziland Swaziland Cricket Association 2007 [87]
52  Sweden Swedish Cricket Federation 1997 [88]
53  Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Cricket Association 2002 [89]

Suspended members[edit]

Nation Governing body Member since Notes
1  Iran Cricket Federation for the Islamic Republic of Iran 2003[90] Membership suspended in 2013.[91]
2  Malawi Malawi Cricket Association 2003[92] Membership suspended in 2013.[93]
3  Morocco Moroccan Cricket Association 1999 Membership suspended in 2015.[80]
4  Turkey Turkey Cricket Board 2008[94] Membership suspended in 2013.[91]
5  United States United States of America Cricket Association 1965 Membership suspended in 2015.[95]

Former members[edit]

Team Governing body Membership
period
Notes
1  Brunei Brunei Darussalam National Cricket Association 1992–2015 Membership suspended in 2014, removed entirely in 2015.[80]
2  Cuba Cuban Cricket Commission 2002–2013 Membership removed in 2013 for failing to "demonstrate a suitable administrative structure to conduct its affairs" under ICC guidelines.[91]
3   Switzerland Swiss Cricket Association 1985–2012 Membership suspended in 2011, removed entirely in 2012.[96]
4  Tonga Tonga Cricket Association 2000–2014 Membership suspended in 2013, removed entirely in 2014.[97][98][99]
5 East Africa East Africa Cricket Conference 1966–1989 Succeeded by Kenya (associate, 1981) and East and Central Africa (associate, 1989).
6 East and Central Africa East and Central Africa Cricket Conference 1989–2003 Succeeded by Uganda (associate, 1998), Tanzania (associate, 2001), Zambia (associate, 2003), and Malawi (affiliate, 2003).
7 West Africa West Africa Cricket Council 1976–2003 Succeeded by Nigeria (associate, 2003), and Gambia, Ghana, and Sierra Leone (all affiliate members, 2003).

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