The four countries that qualify for the next World Cup are in line to receive US$1.35 million each says the International Cricket Council. In line with the 2014 Development Funding Policy, High Performance Grants to the successful qualifiers to the 2015 event will receive US$350,000 at the end of the World Cup Qualifier next January and then US$1 million between 2014 and 2016. Furthermore the six nations that qualify for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year will be eligible to receive a grant of US$250,000. Thus Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE – should they qualify for both World Cups - could receive up to US$1.6 million more, on top of theirexisting ICC and ACC funding, for the next three years.

In 2014, the top ICC Associate Members will also receive approximately US$750,000 in base support through the ICC Development Funding Policy. The move to a more meritocratic funding model based on  performance ‘scorecards’ and tournament performance has been evolving for the past five years. With two ICC World Cups due in two consecutive years, as well as the Asia Cup in 2014 the concentration of rewards is substantial. And now, for the first time, four ACC members are in line for qualification in both 50-overs and T20 formats thanks to the revamped qualification process for the current cycle of ICC World Cups. The ICC’s Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme is also in operation.

Along with internal funding for successful High Performance countries within the ACC and ICC, external sponsorship opportunities will inevitably materialise. Cricket at all levels across the successful nations will benefit if development is managed
well by the successful Boards. Millions to create thousands of new cricketers would be one of many fine results.

Afghanistan and Ireland are the two Associates who have already qualified for World Cup 2015.

ACC Teams Prepare for ICC Events
Development Program
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013

Filed October 11th, 2013