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Posted on Dec 07, 09:08PM | IBNS
Cricket Ireland became the first Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to finalise a Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme ("TAPP") agreement this week in Dubai, guaranteeing a significant increase in the performance support that will be provided through to 2015.
Cricket Ireland is one of five ICC Members to have been awarded funding under this new targeted initiative which is aimed at developing more competitive teams at the highest levels of international cricket.
The USD USD 1.5 million award will be used to help Cricket Ireland launch an elite domestic competition structure; create an academy system for the further development of talented cricketers and facilitate fixtures against Full Member countries.
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said upon signing the agreement: "It is terrific to be the first Member to sign a TAPP agreement with the International Cricket Council.