Author : Renjith Ravindran
International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to offer Afghanistan USD 1 million for preparation for the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.
Afghanistan secured their spot in the tournament after they defeated Kenya by seven wickets in Sharjah on Friday. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive, Mohammed Noor said that the funds will be used for the development of the sport in the country.
“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 We have already begun working on our plans and we are looking at a three-month camp for the players ahead of the tournament,” he said.
The ACB also expects to earn some revenue as part of the sponsorship deals which will follow as a result of the qualification. Noor added that the fans are excited about the prospect and also said that they were supportive throughout the qualifiers.
“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. Cricket is already the most popular sport in Afghanistan and our idea, with the help of this extra money, is to further improve and develop so we can get even more participation in the country,” Noor said.