The International Cricket Council has suspended the membership of the United States of America Cricket Association with immediate effect. The decision had to be made based on the findings of a review group that was assigned the task of looking into the status and activities of the American cricket board.

As per the official press release by ICC, the review group "had expressed significant concerns about the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of the USACA."

As a result of suspension, the association will no longer be entitled to any ICC funding. However, despite the USACA's suspension, the USA national cricket team will still be allowed to take part in next month's World T20 Qualifiers that will be held in Ireland and Scotland.

The USA Under-19 team will also be eligible to take part in the Americas U-19 Championship in Bermuda.

"The ICC Board has made this difficult decision after careful consideration and in the best interest of the game and all cricketers in the USA," the ICC chairman N Srinivasan said.

"The country has tremendous potential but because of governance, financial and cricketing challenges, the opportunity to grow the game is not being properly nurtured."

In order to have their membership reinstated, the United States of Amercia Cricket Association will have to prove to the ICC that they have addressed the issues regarding governance, finance and its cricketing activities.