ICC news October 12, 2012

West Indies, Zimbabwe receive total of $4.5m by ICC

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies and Zimbabwe have become the first Full Member nations to receive ICC funding totalling $4.5m over a three-year period as part of its Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) aimed at developing more competitive teams at the highest level. At their Executive Board meeting in Colombo, the ICC's TAPP awarded $3m to the West Indies through TAPP and $1.5m each to Zimbabwe and Netherlands.

The TAPP programme, which formed part of the ICC's strategic plan for 2011-2015, began at the start of the year, with a $12m fund aimed at giving teams at all levels a chance to generate funding support from the ICC in order to improve team performance.

The ICC received seven applications overall, of which five awards were made and two boards, including Cricket Canada, were asked to re-submit their applications next year. Ireland and Scotland were the first to receive TAPP assistance in June this year, at the end of the ICC's annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, with an award of $500,000 per annum for three years.

Countries that would like to receive funding are asked to go through a bidding process starting with a formal application that could lead up to a possible presentation, before the award is recommended by the ICC's finance and commercial affairs committee to the Board. The ICC then works with the Board to develop a three-year MOU to detail the specific activities to be supported by the funding.

Ireland, for example, would use the funding to strengthen its domestic structure and academy programme and engage with other boards to stage more international game at home. In responding to the award by the Board following the meeting in Colombo, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) or the Dutch cricket board listed its TAPP funding targets as follows: more international matches for the Dutch team, hiring more support to prepare the team for the 2015 World Cup, greater domestic provincial cricket, support for players, programmes and events, and a clear pathway for the best young players in Dutch cricket.

Specific details with the West Indies and Zimbabwe Boards as regards to the TAPP award, a ICC spokesman said, would begin next week.

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  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    money should also be given to bangladesh and afghanistan to improve.. i dont see why netherlands and scotland are priority

  • Brendan on October 15, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Ireland use the money and need to become a test nation. Fund for coaches and prepare players better for Test cricket. Please, we need more test nations cause Zim are going nowhere

  • Jag on October 15, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    What about countries like Nepal and Afghanistan? Instead of Netherlands you couold have helped Nepal where you would see the most passionate of the supporters and the most talented and promising players.

  • Andrew on October 15, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @Aussie_Cricket on (October 13 2012, 06:46 AM GMT) - I think the reason why the WIndies get some assistance is due to the complexity of having all these independant countries that make up the region. I think the WIndies are lacking in infrastructure, the ICC tried to help by holding 2 W/Cups there recently too.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    What about the US, the country who generates 15% of the World's cricket revenues (the 2nd highest percent after India)? If any country that deserves grants to improve infrastructure it's us, not the established test nations. I'd even prefer the money go to developing cricket nations like Afghanistan, Nepal, and Scotland before the test nations.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Funds would provide better equipment, better grounds etc. hosting and promoting the game on the domestic scale also needs all sorts of funding; which actually brings out the best of players from the country. I think these subsidiaries awarded to different upcoming nations is a smart move.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Humanity is great relation we have with each other

  • Sab on October 13, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Seems a bit perplexing why established cricketing countries require subsidisation. That being said there has to be some grounds around proving the benefits of their strategy and penalties if they are not met. Effectively for the full members it should be a 0 interest loan (not a grant) with a set total repayment date. Obviously these strategies need to be long term in establishing infrastructure, the club system and building the appeal of cricket which are long term and can be complicated with intangibility. Failure to meet should in extreme cases be relegation back to Associate status (for example if the country in question is audited and has been misappropriating funds). Otherwise the ICC are putting good money after bad for countries that aren't coming up with the goods.

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    congratulations west indies you deserve it about time .and well done to the icc , in about 3 yrs you will see a very competive west indies

  • mahjut on October 13, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @Ahmed hussain ... ireland have moved the furthest the quickest and have a few players in the couties as well as already being beneficiaries of this funding but they are not beating BD or Zim with any regularity and while they complain that BD and Zim won't play them Bd and zim are complaining of lack of quality competition themselves. Hopefully this will be used wisely in Zim and we may see further stability being created in a recouperating cricketing infrastucture - there is plenty of potential in Zim. maybe it's time for a second tier where they played Ireland Bd and netherlands regularly and competitvely and - considering those nation's wealth or passion for cricket - hopefully, profitably

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