Following a twelve month suspension, imposed for non-compliance following the creation of a second organisation, at their June meeting in Kuala Lumpur the International Cricket Council (ICC) revoked Switzerland's affiliate membership.
Official written notification has not yet reached the SCA, but the current SCA committee were informed by ICC Europe office by telephone earlier this month.
Commenting on the situation, the current SCA President, Mr. Alexander Mackay said "Although regrettable, this was not surprising. Despite all our efforts over the last two years, the ICC in Dubai have failed to support the SCA during this difficult time. This does however mark the beginning of the end, and, as the only organisation that complies with the ICC's membership criteria, we now intend to reapply for membership."
Since suspension Switzerland has received no development grants (used to improve standards of cricket and the infrastructure), and has not been invited to compete in the ICC Europe division 3, resulting in Switzerland's relegation to division 4.
But things are are not all doom & gloom for Swiss cricket. Swiss national teams are still competing on the international stage at all levels and the Swiss senior team is ranked 72 in the world.
Swiss juniors have played in internationals in Denmark, Surrey and Luxembourg and the U14s have just recently returned from a tour to Cambridgeshire in the UK where they narrowly lost to the Cambridgeshire County Club side. Swiss cricket have also successfully ran a Swiss junior championship in Zuoz and various cricket camps and domestic indoor tournaments.
The matter is now with the courts, but once resolved the SCA will be free to seek membership.
As the only association in Switzerland that complies with all the ICC criteria, it shouldn't be too long before Switzerland takes centre stage in Europe once again.