Following deliberations within the SCA executive, discussions with ICC Europe and other external parties, the SCA Executive have defined a path for a return to official international recognition for Swiss Cricket.
The ICC has informed the SCA that Swiss Olympic (SOC) membership will be a prerequisite to the consideration of any application to the ICC.
As early as summer 2013 the SCA will make an application for membership of the SOC. This application will be considered by the SOC in October 2013 and assuming that our application is successful, an application to the ICC can then be submitted. The SCA Executive expect that to be relatively straightforward and Switzerland could be welcomed back onto the official international scene as early as mid to late 2014, and participation in the next ICC division 3 tournament.
These actions will have no impact on the current plans to play competitive international matches, continuing the momentum and success of 2011 & 2012.
Membership of the SOC requires a minimum of 1'000 active participants in the sport and twenty (20) clubs representative from across the country, including active junior & senior sections.
The SCA executive estimates that current junior membership is in the region of 650+ members and that seniors is in excess of 400. Along with the 20 clubs playing at 13 grounds from Geneva to Winterthur, the SCA are confident that the application to the SOC and subsequently to the ICC will be accepted. The SCA is the only cricket organisation that is able to meet the SOC criteria.
For further information on this topic, or indeed on Swiss Cricket in general, contact the SCA President.