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ICC unveil cash boost to develop game
Published :Wednesday, 14 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 19

Dubai, Oct 13: Cricket's governing body has unveiled a cash boost for Associate and affiliate countries as well as an increases in prize money for the top men's and women's teams.
The decisions were made during a two-day meeting of the International CricketCouncil (ICC) Board which concluded in Dubai on Tuesday.
"The Board approved an increased allocation of US$65 million prize money for the top ranked Test sides and for men's and women's ICC Events during the period 2016-2023," said an ICC release. That means a 41 percent increase in prize money paid to players compared to the previous eight-year cycle, the ICC said.
As a result, the number-one ranked Test team as of April 1 next will receive $1 million, up from $500,000 in 2015.
"This prize money is in addition to the Test Cricket Fund of $70 million, which the ICC Board introduced last year to help ensure Test playing sides are able to sustain a home programme of Test cricket through to 2023.
"The fund will be available from next year to all Test Members except the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and WalesCricket Board."
The ICC said it has increased the fundings for 38 Associate and 57 affiliate members in an attempt to develop the game in these countries.
"The Board approved that direct funding available to the Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) will increase from $125 million in the previous cycle to $208 million for the period 2016-2023," said the ICC.
The ICC Board also acknowledged improvement in women's cricket by approving a five-fold increase in prize money to the six ICC women's events to be played from 2016-2023.
"The women will compete for total prize money of $4.4 million during the period, including a prize money pool of $1 million for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017," said the ICC.    AFP

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