New Zealand have steadily slipped down the rankings over the past year
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced that New Zealand will be the latest beneficiary of their Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) and will receive a total of US$1.8 million over the next three years.
The TAPP programme is designed to help develop Full and Associate members and make their national teams more competitive at the international level.
New Zealand have taken serious hits in all three formats, where they currently lie at eighth on the rankings for all three of them after having a dismal year.
The first two Full members to benefit from the TAPP scheme was the West Indies and Zimbabwe last year, but the ICC decided to include New Zealand as well during a Board meeting in Dubai.
“The New Zealand Cricket initiative will focus on a programme of ‘A’ Team cricket and the development of coaching and sports science expertise,” an ICC release said.
The TAPP programme, which began at the beginning of last year, was part of the ICC’s 2011-2015 strategic plan at helping develop teams at all levels, especially those who are unable to financially support themselves.
The first two nations to benefit from the TAPP scheme were Ireland and Scotland in June last year after they ICC decided to award them both with $500,000 per annum for a period of three years during a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Countries that want to receive funding from the TAPP scheme are asked to go through a simple bidding process, whereby they initially submit a formal application, which could then lead to a presentation on why the country should receive funding before the ICC’s finance and commercial affairs committee to the Board decide which nation is most deserving of the award.
Once the decision is made, the ICC puts together a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to specifically detail which areas they want the money going towards.
The increasing number of domestic Twenty2o tournaments was also a big issue at the meeting and the ICC agreed that their top priority must be aimed at “attaining co-existence between domestic T20 leagues and the international game”.
“Domestic Twenty20 leagues have provided so many opportunities for players and officials alike as well as entertaining large domestic crowds,” the release quoted ICC chief executive David Richardson as saying. “A workable and balanced international playing calendar is key to the sustainability of the game.”
During an interview with ESPNcricinfo last year, Richardson was looking to do the exact same thing.
“There has to be a way to make sure that they [domestic T20 leagues] can exist and complement international cricket rather than destroy or cannibalise it,” he said.
The ICC Board consists of the president or chairman of each of the 10 Full members, along with three Associate member representatives.
The ICC president, who supervises the entire meeting, as well as the ICC vice-president and chief executive are also present at the Board meetings.
The next Board meeting is scheduled to take place in London in June this year.