ICC Granted Associate Membership to Afghanistan


  • During the annual conference of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Governing Body, which concluded in London on 29 June 2013, Afghanistan was granted the Associate membership of the ICC.
  • Afghanistan has thus become eighth Asian nation and the 38th overall to get this status.
  • Afghanistan now join Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990) as ICC Associates from the Asian region.
  • It is to be noted that the Afghanistan Cricket Federation (now Afghanistan Cricket Board) was formed in 1995 and became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001 and a member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in 2003.
  • The elevation means Afghanistan, who has risen from an affiliate to associate membership in just 12 years, will receive US$ 850,000 instead of USD$ 700,000 as the annual fund.
  • The announcement follows a request made by the Asian Cricket Council in 2012 based on the remarkable progress made by Afghanistan, and the contribution of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in the development of the game in the country.
  • The hard work of ACB finally paid off when Afghanistan qualified for two consecutive T20 World Cups in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
  • In the 2011 Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament, Afghanistan failed to progress to the World Cup, but earned ODI status for four years.
  • It is to be noted that Afghanistan made their One-Day International debut against a Test-playing nation when they played Pakistan at Sharjah in February 2012.
  • With five wins in 10 matches in the ICC World Cricket League, they are on track for qualifying for the 2015 ODI World Cup.
  • It is to be noted that Associate members are countries where cricket is firmly established and organised but do not qualify for Full Membership.
  • Full Members are the governing bodies for cricket in a country or associated countries.
  • 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.

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