The International Cricket Council (ICC) would donate 1.8 million dollars to New Zealand over the next three years to help them improve at the international level.
At its first board meeting for 2013 in Dubai, the ICC decided to allocate 600,000 dollars each year to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) over the next three years from its Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), which is aimed at developing more competitive teams among full members and associate/affiliate members, Stuff.co.nz reports.
New Zealand is currently ranked a lowly eighth on the test, one-day international and Twenty20 cricket rankings, one of its lowest eras in modern times.
Even when test rankings have been low in the past, New Zealand has often performed well and punched above its weight in limited overs cricket, highlighted by numerous semifinal appearances at one-day World Cups.
According to an ICC statement, the funding is for New Zealand Cricket to focus on a programme of 'A' team cricket and the development of coaching and sports science expertise, the paper reported.
The TAPP initiative was identified in the ICC's Strategic Plan for 2011-15 and was recognised by the board as an important tool in developing stronger and more competitive international cricket, the paper concluded. (ANI)