World Cup Qualification To Give Afghanistan Financial Boost
Afghanistan's qualification for the 2015 World Cup will earn them a financial boost to the tune of at least $US 1 million.
They beat Kenya by seven wickets in the final game of the ICC World Cricket League Championship in Sharjah to book their place in the competition, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Their qualification earns them a $US 1 million preparation fee from the International Cricket Council and that comes on top of a $US 422,000 award earlier this year as part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), a fund aimed at improving playing standards.
The top ICC Associate and Affiliate members - including Afghanistan - will all receive around $US 750,000 in funding from the ICC to further develop the game and Afghanistan could receive as much as$US 850,000 from the country's government and sponsorship agreements.
"All the money we will receive will allow us to develop the game even more, and it will also allow us to be as ready as we can be for the ICC Cricket World Cup," said Dr Noor, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive.
"We have already begun working on our plans and we are looking at a three-month camp for the players ahead of the tournament.
"It has been great for people back home to see the matches because it means they can now see the boys in action. The cricket team is now recognisable on the streets of Afghanistan.
"I understand His Excellency President Karzai was also watching Friday’s match and the coverage helps the profile of the game throughout our country and throughout our region," he added.
And the potential for more revenues await. Afghanistan are among the favourites to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014, to be held in Bangladesh.
Progression from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates next month would earn the ACB another $US 250,000.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson added:
"The ICC is delighted to be playing a part in that growth through not only the preparation grant which also goes to the other qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup, but also through the TAPP funding and the coverage we have been able to help provide through the broadcasting of matches during the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship."
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