Eight ICC members face warnings, suspension, or expulsion
The Associate & Affiliate members meeting at the ICC annual conference in Melbourne will consider the performance of a number of ICC members (three associates and 5 affiliates), with two members facing possible expulsion from the ICC.
The highest profile of these eight members are Nepal and the USA, both of whom are currently in Division Three of the World Cricket League, with Nepal having played in the recent World Twenty20. Both face being put "on notice" for not meeting membership criteria.
For the USA, the reasons will not be surprising for anyone who has been following US cricket recently. They are facing being put "on notice" due to not being the sole recognised governing body for cricket in the country, with the rival American Cricket Federation also currently taking up that role.
Nepal face sanctions due to not meeting membership criteria 2.1, which for associate members requires them to have a minimum of either 2 full time staff members, or 1 full time and 2 part time staff members. This must include a Chief Executive/General Manager and a Development Officer/Manager. It also requires them to have a nominated national and Under-19 coach.
The Cricket Association of Nepal currently has several officials under investigation for corruption, and has recently been advertising for a Chief Executive.
Zambia and Mali are both in violation of membership criteria 5.3, which requires members to raise non ICC income of at least 10% of their ICC funding, or $25,000/$2,500 (depending on whether they're an associate or affiliate), whichever is higher. According to a recent ICC development scorecard, for Zambia this figure is $25,000 and for Mali it is $2,500.
Morocco are in violation of 4 different affiliate member requirements. Like the USA, the current board is not the sole governing body for cricket in the country. They also don't have a development plan or a formal constitution and have failed to submit an annual budget.
These five members will have one year to resolve these issues or face suspension at the 2015 annual conference. Suspended countries then face expulsion a year later if the issues still haven't been resolved. For the USA at least, those two years could well have a huge negative impact on cricket in the country, with USACA currently mired in debt and unable to effectively organise tournaments.
Brunei was put on notice at the 2013 annual conference for a number of violations. They don't have the required staffing, don't have a dedicated office with a phone/fax/e-mail address, haven't submitted a development plan or held an AGM. They also haven't submitted accounts, a budget or raised enough non-ICC income.
If they are found to still be in violation of any of these, they face suspension from the ICC, which would mean not being allowed to play in official tournaments and losing ICC funding. They would then be reviewed at the 2015 conference, where they could face expulsion.
Finally, Tonga and Turkey were both suspended at the 2013 conference, and the development committee has recommended that they be expelled this year if they are still found to be in violation. Tonga fail to meet the staffing requirements, whilst Turkey are in violation of the requirements to be the sole governing body of cricket and for failing to submit a budget.
Switzerland and Cuba have previously been expelled by the ICC, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.