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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 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 Representatives’ 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 December 5 and 6.
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 May 31, 2007 and if successful its application will be considered at the next ICC Annual Conference in June 2007.
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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.