Afghanistan have become the latest country to benefit from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) with a grant of $US 422,000.
The funding will go towards the development of the National Cricket Academy in Kabul and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are the seventh country to benefit from the initiative.
Ireland, Netherland, New Zealand, Scotland, West Indies and Zimbabwe have already been awarded various amounts as the ICC aims to develop more competitive teams at the highest level of the game.
A fund of $US 12 million has been put aside for the programme, which was unveiled in January 2012.
Afghanistan have qualified for the previous two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, in 2010 and 2012, and earned One-Day International status through to 2015 via the ICC World Cup qualifier in 2009, where they finished fifth, just missing out on a place at the 2011 World Cup.
They had earned their place at the qualifying event by gaining promotion from World Cricket League Divisions Five, Four and Three after gaining Affiliate Member status in 2001.
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