A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Scotland and Netherlands set to receive ICC funding

Scotland and Netherlands became the second and third Associate Member nations to receive funding

Scotland and Netherlands will both receive $1.5 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the next three years as part of the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), which is aimed at improving cricket standard across the world.

They are the second and third Associate Member nations to receive funding after Ireland and will continue to do so until 2015.

Scotland plan to invest the money into developing the game’s reputation in the country, while the Netherlands hope to use the funds to play more international and domestic matches, while also providing more support for their future talents.

“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 CEO, Roddy Smith, 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,” Netherlands cricket board CEO Richard Cox said. “It is a real boost for everyone involved.”

ICC chief executive David Richardson noted that he was confident both nations would spend the money wisely and help improve the level of cricket played amongst the people living there.

“I am very pleased to have witnessed the signing of these TAPP agreements,” Richardson said. “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.”

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