ICC news January 31, 2013

New Zealand to receive ICC assistance for development

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand Cricket will be a beneficiary of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), and will receive US$1.8 million over a period of three years. The programme is geared towards developing more competitive teams among the ICC's Full and Associate/Affiliate Members. New Zealand are currently No.8 in both the Test and ODI rankings. The decision was made at the meeting of the ICC board in Dubai. The first Full members to receive ICC funding as part of the TAPP were West Indies and Zimbabwe last year.

"The New Zealand Cricket initiative will focus on a programme of 'A' Team cricket and the development of coaching and sports science expertise," an ICC release stated.

The TAPP programme, which formed part of the ICC's strategic plan for 2011-2015, began at the start of last 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.

Ireland and Scotland were the first to receive TAPP assistance in June last 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.

The increasing number of domestic T20 leagues was also discussed at the meeting and the board agreed that further deliberations must be aimed at "attaining co-existence between domestic T20 leagues and the international game". "Domestic Twenty20 leagues have provided so many opportunities for players and officials alike as well as entertaining large domestic crowds," the release quoted the ICC chief executive David Richardson as saying. "A workable and balanced international playing calendar is key to the sustainability of the game."

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo in October last year, Richardson said, "there has to be a way to make sure that they [domestic T20 leagues] can exist and complement international cricket rather than destroy or cannibalise it."

The next ICC Annual Conference will be held in London in June this year.

The ICC Board consists of the president or chairman from each of the 10 Full members plus three Associate member representatives. Also present at ICC Board meetings is the ICC President, who chairs proceedings, the ICC Vice-President and the ICC Chief Executive.

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  • Jon on February 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I doubt that New Zealand having a side in the Sheffield Shield would ruin the game here. Our domestic teams go without their top tier players all the time and still manage good standards.

    We need to expose our top talent to a tougher brand of cricket and sending them off on random New Zealand A tours isn't going to help.

    Having a team in the Sheffield shield comp would bridge that gap between first class and international cricket, exposing the most promising players to a higher level week in week out.

    The ITM Cup hasn't been destroyed by Super Rugby. Quite the opposite, it's stronger than ever. ITM players aspire to make it into Super Rugby - the result is that the standard of rugby in the ITM has risen sharply in recent years.

    Similarly players in the NZ domestic scene would aspire to make the NZ Sheffield Shield side, which would offer greater exposure, more money, and potentially a fast track into the NZ side.

    It would all have to be handled carefully but it could work.

  • anton on February 1, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Soccer will always have most people playing it because its so easy to organize a game of soccer, but it doesn't really mean it big in Australia or New Zealand. Its also a heavily played sport among women in the US, but most Americans still wouldn't a thing about any pro soccer players. Soccer, like basketball, is so intuitive for people to pick up and play hence so many people it. But many of them *especially in the countries mentioned above) do not really follow the sport as such.

  • Clayton on February 1, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    NZ team(s) joining the Sheffield shield is a terrible idea! All such a move would do is destroy the 1st class game here...Joining an Aussie comp may work for league or football as we lack a professional structure for those sports...and it works for basketball as the Aus and NZ seasons are timed at different times of the year.

    NZ already has a well functioning 1st class scene with over 100 yrs of history that has produced many quality players. Short term weakness is not a good reason to destroy that. What we have to do is strengthen our first class scene so it produces better players and support them properly. That requires effort and may take awhile but it can happen.,,...The extra money for more elite programmes and A tours is a good start.

    People who think entering a foreign league will somehow fix everything are simpletons looking for non existent quick fixes that will back fire horribly.

  • Reg on February 1, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Batmania is quite right. NZ did not play Sheffield Shield, but we did play in the early years of the Aussie 1 day interstate competition, entering at the semi-final stage as i recall. But we stopped going coz we kept winning the comp and it was getting embarrasing.

    I don't think NZ should play Sheffield Shield today either, coz we'd crush them silly and then they'd get all grumpy on us again. But i'd say 2 NZ sides - either ND+AK+WN and CD+Cant+Otago or (probably better) North and South Island teams, would be just about right. Unfortunately I just cannot see a set of individuals who prefer Mike Hesson toJjohn Wright as head coach could ever show such an intelligent approach. And anyway, would the Aussies have us?

  • Pete on February 1, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    @Winchester666 Don't think NZ ever played Sheffield Shield. They did play Australian one day comp in the 70s and won a bit.

    I'm pretty sure NZA would not be competitive in Australia at the moment, and even when the top NZ team is in good shape - which has been reasonably often over the last 40 years, by the time you're down to the 30th or 35th player in NZ, they are unlikely to be first class in any true sense.

  • Jamin on January 31, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    WHy is cricket dying in New Zeland? there are servral compounding reasons. Sky,has Removed coverage from the people. Now Radio sport doesn't even have cricket live ball by ball coverage of our 4 day comp. We need Sunday leagues, in the main centers. From Super social to top grades. we have also diluted first class cricket to far, 6 teams are to many to many should be 3 conference cricket like we had and include a U23 team based at lincoln . For first class 4 day cricket, have the 6 teams for 1 day and t/20

  • David on January 31, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    @Jordanious77 ..." im sure NZC have enough money already"...Are you serious? Have you compared our cricketers' salaries to the Australians' (for example). Look at the size of their support staff compared to ours. Look at how much cricket they play compared to us. Look at the facilities they have. All these things cost money, and other countries quite clearly have more than us. Most damaging to our long-term prospects is the fact that NZ cricket is not broadcast in NZ on free-to-air television, and y'know, that was probably a financial decision too.

  • hayden on January 31, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @Zab2121 - Strange that you would say, "We know football rules these nations" referring to New Zealand & Australia when Rugby union in NZ & Rugby League in Aus are large parts of their cultures, especially when comparing to football. & then you go on to say that it's Rugby for South Africa, who would have football a lot more ingrained into their culture than NZ & Aus. I think something like 3 mill play football in SA. Basketball in WI seems an odd one too, Im not going to claim that I know a lot about the WI's but my mate was from Barbados & he said they are cricket mad. It's kind of like you've just had a stab in the dark.

    Yeah you're right trickykid but gazzamonster still kind of made that point.

    @MrPub - Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't NZ get kicked out of the sheffield shield because they kept winnning it.

  • Tricky on January 31, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @Gazzamonster, more people play football rather than rugby in NZ, especially children. Rugby has a higher patronage, hence receives most of the exposure and advertising dollars. A NZ A team in the Aussie league is a great idea. A place to blood potential internationals. Cricket also needs to be made more accessible in NZ as it is only available on pay TV. Even on Sky there is more Aussie cricket. Build up viewership, advertising dollars, and exposure to future and potential players. I bet my 11 year old (who plays cricket and rugby) couldn't tell me anything about the current cricket team...

  • anton on January 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Cricket is a dying sport. It needs to constantly be 'revived'. The latest attempt has been T20s. Once T20s fade away I think the game will dye out.

    And now with possible talk of a woman player playing for Sussex 2nd 11s, I think it will be the final nail in the coffin.

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