ICC Media Release, Dubai, April 17 2014

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) today announced that the regional development activities implemented by the ACC, currently based in Kuala Lumpur, will from 1 July 2015 be managed by the ICC, based in Dubai.

This decision was ratified during meetings of both the ICC and ACC this week in Dubai, with the change being in-line with a strategic desire for cricket’s global development to become more integrated. Several of the ACC Development staff will now take up roles with the ICC.

ICC’s Chief Executive David Richardson said, “The ACC’s development work has been fundamental to the growth and improvement of many Associate and Affiliate Members in Asia, particularly countries like Afghanistan, UAE and Nepal. We therefore look forward to building on this success in order for cricket to become even stronger across the region.”

ACC Vice President Dr. John Cribbin said, “It has become clear that world cricket is becoming more unified, and with that in mind, it was felt best to integrate the development work of the ACC with the ICC’s Development Programme. We are very proud of what our development team has achieved over many years, and because of this, we believe cricket across Asia has never been in a better position.

“The ACC Executive Board also expresses its sincere thanks to the CEO, Ashraful Huq, and his staff for all their contributions.”

The Asia Cup will continue to be hosted by the ACC, with the next edition planned to take place in 2016, and subsequent editions in 2018, 2020 and 2022. Qualification processes for Associate and Affiliate Members to play in the Asia Cup are also currently being considered.

Filed April 17th, 2015