ICC awards USD 422,000 to Afghanistan

Dubai, Apr 17 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday said it has allocated USD 422,000 from the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) with an aim to develop more competitive teams among full members and associate/affiliate members.

The decision was taken at the second of the four meetings of the ICC and the IDI (ICC Development International) Board held in UAE's Dubai city from Apr 16 to Apr 17.

"This funding for the ACB is for the development of the National Cricket Academy in Kabul and is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions," the ICC said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ICC introduced a TAPP fund of USD12m in January 2012 to help develop more competitive teams at the highest level by targeting the lower ranked full members and higher ranked associate/affiliate members for assistance.

"The Board had previously received applications and made awards to Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland, Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Netherlands), New Zealand Cricket, West Indies Cricket Board and Zimbabwe Cricket," the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC received an update on anti-corruption matters from YP Singh, ICC's Head of Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), including an overview of the ACSU workshop that took place in Dubai on Mar 22 involving personnel from the anti-corruption units of the ICC and member boards and the progress made at that meeting.

In addition to the regular updates from the finance, audit and governance review committees, the Board also considered and noted reports on relevant cricket issues, including presentations on umpire performance, assessment and training, and the Reliance ICC Rankings.

During the two-day meeting, the Board noted and welcomed the changes made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to its constitution to make the process of electing its Chairman more democratic and reducing the risk of inappropriate government interference in line with the ICC's constitutional provisions.

--IBNS (Posted on 17-04-2013)

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