Following Oman’s application for ICC Associate status at the end of last year, a three-member team from the ICC is visiting the Sultanate to make an inspection. The ICC team consists of Global Development Manager Tim Anderson, Associate and Affiliate Members Chairman and Associate Member Director Neil Speight of Bermuda and Associate Member Director Imran Khwaja of Singapore. ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander is liaising with the visitors and Oman Cricket and say, “Oman’s application has building for some time and we are confident that they will satisfy all the criteria of the ICC for Associate status.”

Associate status is the second tier of ICC membership, directly below the Test-playing countries. If successful this year, Oman will be the ninth Asian region nation to become Associates and the 38th overall. With Associate Status comes not only increased development funding from the ICC and ACC but a chance to gain more internal support for cricket as a result of the elevation. The Oman government has pledged US$6.5 million for development of facilities and with the addition of another turf ground, Oman will be in line to host ACC tournaments.

Earlier Oman Cricket held its AGM with all existing Board Members being retained for the period of 2014-2018, except for the addition of Maqbool Moosa Al Lawati who replaced R. Vaikunt.

ICC Associate Membership Criteria
Oman Cricket Profile

Filed March 11th, 2014