EDINBURGH: Saudi Arabia has been unanimously elected as the 39th Associate Member of the International Cricket Council during Full Council meeting in Edinburgh on Thursday.
Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) has been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2003, as per 2014 census, boasts 4,350 players and around 80 cricketing facilities.
Saudi Cricket Centre has just signed a three-year deal with MoneyGram, which itself is a valuable partner of the International Cricket Council.
The SCC has invested a decent amount of money in conducting a domestic tournament which will feature 106 clubs and around 1,800 cricketers in Saudi Arabia.
SCC’s application for the Associate Membership was pre-approved by the ICC during the month of October in 2015, afterwards a full application was submitted and ICC also inspected the facilities of SCC in March, 2016.
The ICC President, Shashank Manohar congratulated SCC saying, “I congratulate Saudi Cricket Centre on becoming an Associate Member of the ICC and hope it will continue to play its positive and active role in promoting and developing the game in its territory.”