Muscat: Oman Cricket (OC) is just one step away from becoming the International Cricket Council (ICC) Associate member as the Associate Members and Affiliate Representatives approved the Sultanate's application for membership during a meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The meeting was held as part of the ICC's Annual Conference which will conclude on tomorrow when the global cricket's governing body is expected to give the final nod to the Oman's application during the their general body meeting.
In a statement received from OC yesterday, the Oman Cricket's board member Pankaj Khimji said: "At the meeting today of the formal meeting of Associate Members and Affiliate Representatives, Oman's qualification as 38th Associate member of the ICC was approved and ratified."
"This was the penultimate and most significant hurdle towards its ultimate goal of achieving Associate Status in the ICC," he said adding: "What remains is the ICC's General Body to approve and ink the same on June 26."
"Congratulations to all the committees and staff and members of Oman Cricket in reaching this milestone," the statement said.
"During yesterday's meeting, Tim Anderson, ICC's Global Development Manager, highlighted Oman's progress, it's development initiatives and various other notable contributions in the area of indigenous player numbers."
Speaking to Times Sport from Melbourne, OC General Secretary Madhu Jesrani, who is attending the ICC conference along with women's cricket in-charge Vaishali Jesrani, said: "It has been a great day for Oman cricket. Everyone supported us today.
"We are confident ICC will grant us the membership on Thursday."
"It will be a truly historic day for Sultanate's cricket," he added.