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    New Zealand Cricket emerges richer after ICC meeting

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to allot New Zealand Cricket (NZC) $1.8 million for development of stronger teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate Members, as well as recognizing the value of domestic Twenty20 leagues. The announcements came at the end of the ICC board's two-day meeting in Dubai.

    As part of the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme to improve the standard of cricket - identified in the ICC Strategic Plan 2011-15 - and build a more competitive international game, NZC will receive $6million for each of the next three years. This initiative will focus on the programme of A team cricket and the development of coaching and sports science expertise, said the ICC in a press release on Thursday.

    Having carefully considered the reports of the ICC Chief Executives' Committee working group, which includes Sundar Raman (India), James Sutherland (Australia), David Collier (England) and David White (New Zealand), the ICC board also agreed to focus efforts on "the growth and sustainability of international cricket" by "attaining co-existence between domestic T20 leagues and the international game".

    "Domestic Twenty20 leagues have provided so many opportunities for players and officials alike as well as entertaining large domestic crowds," said David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive. "A workable and balanced international playing calendar is key to the sustainability of the game.

    "We also need to ensure that cricket is played in a corruption-free environment. The ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is doing some great work in this regard. All boards should be complimented on the progress they have made in putting their own anti-corruption resources in place but this is only the first step. Effective implementation of appropriate programmes and processes together with the timely and effective investigation and prosecution of all reported incidents is also crucial."

    Other outcomes included the confirmation of the 2013 ICC annual conference for London in June this year, following the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy. : "We had a constructive meeting in which many wide ranging subjects affecting international cricket were thoroughly discussed and those discussions will continue through the future ICC Board meetings as well as the ICC Chief Executives' Committee," said Richardson.