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

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October 12, 2012

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Ireland and Scotland were the first countries to receive financial assistance through TAPP © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   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

Posted by Buckers410 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

Posted by fuddu 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.

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Humanity is great relation we have with each other

Posted by Aussie_Cricket 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Don't see how funds are going to improve them, skills, technique and practise does. And also talent.

Posted by The_Ashes on (October 12, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

I reckon Ireland will beat Zimbabwe in a T20 or ODI series but I hope Zimbabwe uses that funding wisely to uplift their Cricket. I want to see the exciting Zimbabwe in the Flower, Heath Streak days again.

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 12, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

@J Ahmed Hussain. i agree with u mate. if they get more matches, they could become another sri lanka or new zealand.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

WI deserves this grant...It has invested to create CT20 and the WICB Cricket Academy....WI cricket is on the way up...Congratulations to WICB and its team for re-igniting hope and taking appropriate decisions to move the game forward.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Lets be realistic guys!, although its wonderful to see the top associate nations getting a massive opportunity but still realistically there's only one nation that can achieve the ultimate goal or dream which is if course Ireland because not only their performances have been overall impressive and beating full members like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and England but have been dominating the Associate Cricket Championship for numerous years and quite frankly, the other teams below Ireland cannot even keep up. Also a lot of their players are playing in County Cricket now and also going to set-up their 1st Class System soon which is an important requirement in bid to test status and quite frankly in my opinion, they deserve it more than Afghanistan, Netherlands, Kenya and Canada. In fact although I don't like to say this but going to, Ireland are almost as good as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh certainly Zimbabwe at least.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

For the West Indies , these monies' were long "OVER-DUE" . For years our cricket remain in the dog house because there was a "lack of funds" . Thanks for the kind heart and we will make sure that the best will come to light here in the WI .

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

It would be so great if these funds will assist in resusitating the sport in Zimbabwe!!

Posted by dadakrb on (October 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

ICC should also provide such assistance to emerging Asian nations like Afghanistan, Nepal who badly need financial help since Government support to the sport is minimal or non-existent. Such funds would not only help build better infrastructure but also finance costs of foreign tours to help them gain experience and exposure.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

tolo4tolo@Afghan; I agree with the decision of ICC taken for the cricket development. its good to support the countries are economicaly down. I request them to support Afghanistan Cricket Board for the construction of new cricket grounds and domistic structure. The important thing is that our Board has done a pioneer task taking cricket to schools with the help of our Ministry of Education which is making our backbone for future.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Hopefully we aren't far away from a first class competition in Ireland to help stop the player drain to England.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

The WI players will probably strike in order to get a share of that money...ain't that what Ramnarine would usually have them do.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

if at his age nash is a "potential star" then this money is a waste of time. what i do hope is that the WICB uses this money efficiently and effectively to improve windies cricket! the timing is right, no doubt.

Posted by mihir_nam on (October 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Rhodesia administrators actually ruined cricket big time , even same case for Kenya.Namibia has good talent in Africa which given chance may prove strong force in future.Good news for Netherlands one of the strong contenders for 2015 WC qualification along side Ireland,Scotland,Afghanistan. Well ICC should also keep separate funding's for teams who will be qualifying for WC 2015 . So after qualifiers in 2013 these teams can use those funding's . And also should take care of arranging 20-25 Odi's from 2013-2015 with Bottom 5ODI's teams with Top 2 Qualifier's which will be decided by Intercontinental ODI league top 2 qualify directly to WC 15, ICC should arrange few Tri Series involving full members give them more matches. 2 qualified from Qualifying tournament should get atleast 10-15 ODI's. Teams like New Zealand can help Ireland by touring them 3 ODI series. ICC should think of making 2015 WC more competitive with more giving them ODI's rather than one sided bashing of associates.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (October 12, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

If ICC is providing this aid, I think ICC should also ensure that the aid goes to right people and used for right purpose. Specially Zimbabwe Cricket, question is; is it in right hands and do they have right vision for future of Cricket in the nation?

Posted by RamShankarS on (October 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

This should help WI build better Test pitches and train players for test cricket. It is now probably the right time to train likes of Darren Bravo, Brendon Nash et al., who are potential test stars for WI alongside Samuels who should continue what he has been doing so far.

Posted by justdabug on (October 12, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Great news! Zimbabwe need this desperately... let's just hope it doesn't end up in the wrong pockets

Posted by jahrasta on (October 12, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

great.........now the WICB and other parties can now use this grant to fill their own pockets some more......while leaving WI cricket to suffer....the only tournament this side can win is the 20-20.....we are still failing in the test department

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