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WI, Zimbabwe get ICC funding under new agreement

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 13, 2013

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West Indies celebrate a wicket on their way to a comprehensive win, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Grenada, February 22, 2013
West Indies cricket will be given US$3 million © WICB Media/Randy Brooks Photo
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The WICB and Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have been given a financial boost by signing an agreement with the ICC under the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), which is aimed at developing more competitive teams in international cricket. Under this programme, the WICB will be awarded US$3 million and Zimbabwe Cricket US$1.5 million over the next three years.

The funding will aim to provide enhanced support to the current elite West Indian players and future generations. "We are delighted to be signing a TAPP agreement with the ICC, and are grateful for this enhanced support to help WICB achieve our high performance objectives," Julian Hunte, the WICB President, said. "We have started to make progress on the field over the past year and this support will allow us to build on that by investing more resources than ever in the development of emerging talent in the West Indies."

For Zimbabwe, on the other hand, the amount would be used to support an expansive schedule of their 'A' team and identify and support future international players. Wilfred Mukondiwa, the ZC managing director, said the funding would help them become more competitive at international level. "Zimbabwe Cricket is grateful for this support and looking forward to being able to strengthen our high performance pathway with this investment," he said. "We believe the TAPP award will help us become more competitive in the international arena and facilitate the continued growth of the game in our country."

David Richardson, ICC chief executive, said he was eager to see the impact of the funding on the two teams. "It is very important to the long-term prosperity of international cricket that we have competitive teams at the highest level and both the West Indies and Zimbabwe have been very clear in identifying the factors that will support improved performance," Richardson said. "The TAPP agreements provide an opportunity for both Members to increase their investment in high performance and we look forward to witnessing the impact of these programmes."

The agreements with the two boards were similar to the ones signed by the ICC with Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland.

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Posted by delboy on (March 16, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

It will really need a better force than the ICC to expand this game. What has happened to cricket in China since Hong Kong was handed over? The new ranking system favours England, AUS and SA. What does a team outside the top 3 do to get above the top three? India (IPL) needs to invest in China, Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh strengthen the domestic game and their T20 franchises.

Posted by grahaam on (March 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

I hope the ICC monitors where this money ends up by auditing funded boards to guarantee that cricket development receives all the funds, not bonuses for officials, new offices, company cars etc etc etc etc.....

Posted by westindian4life on (March 15, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Perhaps the ICC are thinking that they could get increased return from making the Windies stronger...I mean everyone likes to see Calypso cricket at its best...Zimbabwe on the other hand couldn't even pick their best team for this tour of the Windies...

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

thats gr8 news the divelopment

Posted by   on (March 14, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

if zimbabwe cricket board send their cricket team to pakistan and play with pakistan team in pakistan grounds so cricket is come in pakistan and pakistan cricket board suports them so this is good sign for zimbabwe board.and i also like zimbabwe cricket team they have passion and good team.i miss tabu zimbabwe wicket keeper plz come back to international cricket.

Posted by first_slip on (March 14, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Why ICC doesnt support Sri lanka? are they jealous ? i never seen ICC supporting sri lanka like this,

Posted by Faqerzai on (March 14, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

We Afghans would be happy If the ICC consider the Afghan team and have the same agreement with their board.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Why Windies given more funds than struggling Zimbabwe?

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

If ICC were to give this level of economic support to Nepal, we could rise to ODI level withing the next 5 years. Shame the ICC has no time for teams beyond the 10. But then, when the "World Cup" is of 10 to 12 teams, it tells how much they want to extend the scope of the sport.

By making the World T20 a 20-team event, the 50-over world cup a 16-team event, ICC can take a step forward to better cricketing world.

Also, as there are 10 test teams, it makes sense to have (say) 15 ODI teams and 20 IT20 teams. I mean, what's the worst that could happen if SA play a T20 against Nepal or USA? They would surely not do worse than England in the T20 WC against India or Aus are doing in the tests in India currently.

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