ICC to pay $10mln to seven full-member boards

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KARACHI, Nov. 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) will pay seven full-member boards $10 million over the next eight years, as part of the Test Cricket Fund announced during last year’s Big Three takeover of cricket’s governing body.
“Other than the BCCI, ECB and CA, the remaining full-member boards will each receive $1.25 million annually, beginning January 2016,” ICC said in a report published on Tuesday.
The latest figures indicate that each member receiving the Test Match Fund stands to gain $10 million over eight years.
This is less than the figure of $12.5 million over eight years
announced by ECB president and ICC executive committee member Giles
Clarke in February 2014 as each nation’s Test Cricket Fund package.
The ICC plans to make its first Test Cricket Fund payment of
$600,000 in early January, before disbursing another $650,000 to the
‘small seven’ member boards in July.
“Payments are expected to follow this biannual pattern until
2023. The ICC had originally announced that the Test Cricket Fund
aimed to “encourage and support Test match cricket” outside the Big
Three nations. As Boards have already entered bilateral touring
agreements until 2023, there appears to be limited scope to enhance
their Test schedules using the Test Cricket Fund payments,”report
said.
It appears more likely that the money will be used to underwrite
loss-making tours. For example, Sri Lanka Cricket loses money on Test
tours featuring all nations except the Big Three and Pakistan.
The Test Cricket Fund would help them recover losses from home
tours such as the recent visit by West Indies, which is estimated to
have cost SLC about $648,000.
The Test Cricket Fund had been among the chief incentives offered
to the smaller boards, as the BCCI, ECB and CA sought support for
their takeover of the ICC in January and February last year.
During that time, Clarke, then ECB’s chairman, had said in an
interview with Sky Sports: “The ICC has agreed to establish a Test
Match Fund of $12.5 million per country over eight years – available
to all except England, India and Australia – which will allow those
countries which find Test cricket difficult to sustain economically
the opportunity to continue to stage Test matches.”
The ICC has not yet announced the funds’ terms of usage, or how
it will hold boards accountable to the objective of encouraging Test
cricket.