Jersey has submitted an application to the ICC to become Europe's 11th Associate member country.

The decision follows the Associate/Affiliate Members' Formal Meeting at Annual Conference in July 2006, where it was noted that the previously problematic interpretation of the 'playing standard' criterion had to be dealt with immediately.

Subsequently the ICC 'playing standard' criterion for Associate membership applications was reviewed at a Special Associate and Affiliate Representative's Committee meeting in November and a new definition was established and adopted. This new criterion was then unanimously supported by the ICC Development Committee at its meeting on 5 & 6 December 2006.

Jersey are one of two ICC Affiliate members (the other being Vanuatu of the East Asia-Pacific Region) who had submitted applications for Associate membership to the ICC Development Committee before the change in the playing standards criterion came about.

These applications no longer meet the new 'playing standard' and under the new conditions the applications would be rejected. However, the Jersey Cricket Board has now been given the opportunity to meet the playing standard criteria by 31 May 2007 and if successful its application will be considered at the next ICC Annual Conference in June 2007.

This decision is good news for Jersey, which is set to compete in Division 5 of the World Cricket League in 2008.

Chris Minty, Jersey's Director or Cricket, reports,

'It is a little early to say what impact the Associate membership status, if granted, will have on our performance in Division 5, but it will allow us to consolidate our development projects so that we can continue producing local cricketers and provide them with more playing opportunities.'