ICC news March 11, 2013

Scotland, Netherlands get ICC funding

ESPNcricinfo staff

Scotland and Netherlands have each been awarded a grant of $1.5m over the next three years as part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP). They are the second and third Associate Members, after Ireland, to benefit from the initiative, which is aimed at increasing the level of competition in international cricket.

Both Cricket Scotland and the Netherlands board will receive the extra funding until 2015. Scotland's plan involves continuing development work to increase the profile of the game. Netherlands hope to use the money to enable them to play more international fixtures, as well as increase domestic cricket; it will also help provide more support for current and future players.

"We are thrilled to be signing a TAPP agreement with the ICC, and are extremely grateful for this enhanced support to improve our internal domestic structures and to have more international fixtures, all geared to making us competitive on the world stage," Cricket Scotland's chief executive officer, Roddy Smith, said.

The Netherlands board chief executive officer, Richard Cox, said: "KNCB is extremely grateful to the ICC for this award, which will help us achieve our medium- and long-term objectives and help the Netherlands become even more competitive - from the domestic level with the new regional domestic playing structure through to the international arena. It is a real boost for everyone involved."

ICC chief executive, David Richardson, added: "I am very pleased to have witnessed the signing of these TAPP agreements. Both Cricket Scotland and KNCB provided excellent submissions to the ICC Board, and I have no doubt that both Boards will do their very best to deliver those plans to continue the enhancement of competitiveness at the higher levels of cricket."

New Zealand, West Indies and Zimbabwe are also expected to agree TAPP funding with the ICC in the near future.

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    It seems like the discrimination towards Afghanistan is notived by every one reading here ... ICC needs to oppen their eayes if not for nations such as Afghanistan, but, for the future of their job. Cricket is lossing its audience due to lack of innovation and exitement. Please change these artificial strtegies. You need to support Afghaaistan........

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    TO ICC, I am strong fan of cricket from Afghanistan and watching almost every match of my national team when ever lively telecasted or follow it via espian cric info. I see criket as peace inspirational game toward our country, in order to bring durable pleasure and peace in our country it is must to support game like criket and it should be funded by ICC. So Afghanistan is more deserving than any other country for donation of these funds to bring peace and stability in this counnrtry through lovely game of criket which is highly followed by our people.

  • lalmohamad on March 12, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    why ICC don't care to a strong team like afghanistan??

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Why still no support for Afghanistan from the ICC? Personally and financially, all the three countries Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands are sound. However, Afghanistan, is a war torn country, where their only hope of revival is through Cricket. And this has been proved in the recent games that they have played.....

    Plan such a way and increase the test playing nations to at least 15 and give them opportunities across the globe and let them taste what it will be like that to be so competitive. Who would have thought 1983 World Cup winning Indian team will go such far, when there were giants like West Indies, England & Australia and giant killers like New Zealand & Pakistan.

    Opportunity is everything.

  • Haji on March 12, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    ICC please don't make another Kenya. Afghanistan needs full backing of ICC through financially and with support or else you'll see another Kenya.

  • Andrew on March 12, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    I assume this is seperate one-off funding to normal flows?

  • Sean on March 11, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    good to see these teams could become genuine test nations one day!

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    What about the rising team Afghanistan??

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