Scotland, Netherlands get ICC funding
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.