21 Sep 2013

Sport: Tonga Cricket Association suspended from ICC

6:17 am on 21 September 2013

The Tongan Cricket Association (TCA) has been suspended from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after failing to meet membership requirements.

At its annual conference last June in London the ICC passed a resolution to suspend Tonga because its administration was not up to standard.

Matangi Tonga online says the TCA was made aware of its obligations to meet standards last year when a warning was issued by the ICC.

The TCA is headed by Sangster Saulala, who is currently Tonga's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Mr Saulala was dumped in 2009 as the board chair of the Tonga Rugby Union amid concerns about financial mismanagement.