ICC annual conference 2014 June 28, 2014

Nepal, Netherlands get T20 international status

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands and Nepal, who took part in the 2014 World T20, have been granted Twenty20 international status by the ICC board at the annual conference in Melbourne. The other Associates that have T20I status by virtue of having ODI status are Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and UAE.

The ICC board also confirmed the USA Cricket Association (USACA), and not its rival body the American Cricket Federation, as its recognised member in the USA. Oman Cricket was made the 38th Associate Member of the ICC, while Brunei was suspended as an Affiliate and Tonga was removed as an Affiliate Member for not complying with ICC norms.

The changes to international playing conditions that were passed by the ICC's Cricket Committee and approved by the Chief Executives Committee will come into effect from October 1 this year.

In Test cricket, a bowler who has spent time off the field will be allowed to resume bowling after he has either spent the same period of time on the field or he has been back on the field for 30 overs, whichever occurs first. The trial of allowing an 80-over top-up of DRS reviews will be extended for another 12 months. In Twenty20 internationals, teams will now have 85 minutes to complete an innings, instead of 80. The ICC board endorsed the recommendation that international venues must be set up to their maximum possible boundary dimensions to help maintain balance between bat and the ball.

The board also passed the CEC recommendation that members must sign all bilateral agreements through to 2023 before the next ICC meeting in October. The ICC board "expressed satisfaction that there was now more certainty around long-term scheduling with a reasonable balance between home and away matches for all ten teams as well as between the three formats."

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  • Sadip on June 30, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Thanks to ICC for providing Nepal T-20 international status....We all Nepalese are proud of our team and would like to thanks ICC for such a support..!!

  • Bijay on June 29, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    It's a very good news for all nepalese fans, we are very proud of it,,,,, i hope icc will provide more opportunities for nepali cricketers so that we can improve the level of our game,,,,,,,,,,,, good luck NEPAL

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    good news for us totally thanks goes to icc we are very proud

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    What a great news for Nepali Cricket even in a difficult situation. Now times came to forget all past and start with new hope and best dream. Congratulation to all Nepali fan and people.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Lots of teams have got T20 status and these teams can play international T20's wih Test teams and so called regular teams this is good from the ICC...............

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    good news, but icc should have given odi status too to netherlands. netherlands is 1 of the few associate teams who can beat the big teams in odis, and keeping them away from odi status when teams like uae & hong kong have odi status makes no sense at all

    also, nepal must be given a way to get odi status before 2018. icc shouldn't keep a cricket crazy country away from odi cricket. nepal, have shown that they deserve odi status too by beating uae & hong kong (both odi status teams) in the recent acc premier league

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    really good news for us totally thanks goes to icc we are very proud moment

  • Nick on June 28, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    First great move by the Big Three take-over. Lots more to come. So proud of India, Eng and Aus finally leading this great game towards greatness. Well done gentlemen

  • ESPN on June 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Tons of thanks to Lankan Lions who helped Nepal in their every possible ways

  • Dummy on June 28, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Nealese were hungrier for this achievement. It is the first step towards our victorious journey. Icc should grant chance for Nepalese cricket to join with test playing nation for t-20 friendly match.

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