Dubai, Feb 1: International Cricket Council (ICC) has allocated $1.8 million to New Zealand in a bid to "develop stronger and more competitive international cricket".
ICC Board which met here on Thursday (January 31) announced its decision to grant the fund to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme. There were several other decisions taken which also included the ICC recognising the importance of domestic Twenty20 leagues.
"New Zealand Cricket has been allocated US$1.8m, which represents US$0.6m for each of the next three years from the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) which is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate Members. This initiative was identified in the ICC Strategic Plan 2011-15 ‘Building a bigger, better global game' and was recognised by the ICC Board as an important tool in developing stronger and more competitive international cricket," an ICC stated in a media release.
"The New Zealand Cricket initiative will focus on a programme of 'A' Team cricket and the development of coaching and sports science expertise."
The ICC Board considered the report of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee working group, which includes Sundar Raman (Board of Control for Cricket in India), James Sutherland (Cricket Australia), David Collier (England and Wales Cricket Board) and David White (New Zealand Cricket), and agreed that domestic T20 leagues can add to the game as a whole and that further deliberations should be aimed at "the growth and sustainability of international cricket" by "attaining co-existence between domestic T20 leagues and the international game".
David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, said: "Domestic Twenty20 leagues have provided so many opportunities for players and officials alike as well as entertaining large domestic crowds.
"A workable and balanced international playing calendar is key to the sustainability of the game. We also need to ensure that cricket is played in a corruption-free environment. The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is doing some great work in this regard. All Boards should be complimented on the progress they have made in putting their own anti-corruption resources in place but this is only the first step. Effective implementation of appropriate programmes and processes together with the timely and effective investigation and prosecution of all reported incidents is also crucial."
It was also announced that the 2013 ICC Annual Conference will be held London in June this year - immediately following the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 which is being held in England and Wales.
At the conclusion of the meeting Richardson said: "We had a constructive meeting in which many wide ranging subjects affecting international cricket were thoroughly discussed and those discussions will continue through the future ICC Board meetings as well as the ICC Chief Executives' Committee."