BVI to apply for ICC membership
The British Virgin Islands Cricket Association are set to become the first national association to break away from the West Indies Cricket Board and join the ICC as an affiliate member.
Daniel Singh, the boards public relations officer, will represent the board at a meeting of the ICC Americas regional governing body this weekend, where he will submit the islands' application for affiliate membership, and also hold talks with Martin Vieira, the regional development manager.
The British Virgin Islands are currently affiliated with the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, who are in turn affiliated with the West Indies Cricket Board. Whilst there is a precedent for such a move, with Ireland and Scotland breaking away from the then TCCB 15 years ago, and Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man breaking away from the ECB in the last few years, this is the first time this has happened in the West Indies.
With people often suggesting that some of the smaller ICC members in the region, such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, should become part of the West Indies, the fact that one nation is in the process of breaking away indicates that perhaps all is not rosy within the West Indies. If this goes through, some of the other smaller constituent countries of the West Indies cricket team may also look at breaking away.
The British Virgin Islands have taken part in the two Stanford 20/20 tournaments to date, without a win, though they have produced a couple of players for the Leeward Islands team in the last two years.