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News: China Cricket gets $400,000 funding…..

Both the ACC and ICC have equally split up the number and are going to fund the development programme in China. While I think that ACC have done more than their share of funding, I think the ICC could have done more. China is 25% of the non-cricketing world population, so $1mil perhaps should have been given to them to jumpstart their process. But I think China can also go a long way to supplement their already existing govt interest with even this amount.

World Rugby Federation once gave $5mil for the US to develop the game over there. FIFA has from time to time given Pakistan $2mil for football development, and I am sure they give India a lot more. All these are considered investments for the future of the game, and by future, I mean 10-15 years onwards. If the people using the money are not smart, or corrupt, then the money can go to waste, as it arguably has gone in the Pakistan/FIFA case. Well, its not all gone to waste, but a lot more could have been done with the money.

One can only imagine, that if Uganda can get 29K players in the junior leagues with $50K of funding (increased to $100K this year), what they would be able to achieve with a funding of a $1mil……. But then the question comes up whether Uganda will be able to ‘pay back’ the ICC through revenues added through its own economy, which China clearly can. However, I think the immediate problem that cricket has is one in which there are only 8 countries that are good enough to play each other and are marketable. This number needs to be increased to 20 in the next 5-10 years.

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  1. September 21, 2006 at 9:31 am

    I can see China managing to find some nasty, slingy, skiddy 95mph men.

  2. Bruce Gaskell
    September 21, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    So is the Chinese Government backing this? That would surely help. From reading earlier reports it doesn’t seem to be expat driven. Where is the impetus coming from?

    “there are only 8 countries that are good enough to play each other and are marketable. This number needs to be increased to 20 in the next 5-10 years.”

    being competitive and marketable are not exactly the same thing. Kenya were competitive but never marketable, Bangladesh were marketable but not competitive ( though hopefully this is changing). I think your 5 to 10 years is very optimistic Nasir, I would be happy with 5 more decent full ODI teams 20 years hence.

  3. September 21, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Bruce,

    Chinese govt IS backing this…… ACC, ICC, Pakistan are all actively interested….. Pakistan has shown willingness to send coaches, host junior teams, help in infrastructure……. ACC already has given as much money as the ICC……..

    Bangladesh are NOT marketable outside Bangladesh, and their economy is not good enough to sustain an away tour usually through tv revenues…… its almost always a loss for the hosting board, except maybe Zimbabwe……………

    Usually, if the team is competitive, it will also be marketable, both from that country itself and also in the hosting country……. if Netherlands were good enough to beat the test teams, even with their current low local interest, they would be able to make a decent amount of money through touring the big 8, and other countries would be able to sell such tours to their own public easily…….

    I think getting to 20 in 5 years is not going to be possible…….. but getting to 15 in 5 years should be possible…… all of Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh are quite good and can be taken the next level in 5 years…….. Nepal, Bermuda, Uganda, Namibia…. its also possible but maybe not in the next 5 years……… but definitely 20 with a 10 year plan……..

  4. Bruce Gaskell
    September 21, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    I see what you mean, if teams are competitive they will get a sizeable injection of mainly South Asian TV money, regardless of their popularity back home.
    That leaves 2 main questions, Would the ICC let another Kenya slip through the net? as they did in the early 2000s leading them back to square one.

    and also can associates improve that quickly? They’re getting more assistance now than ever before but can you envisage anyone other than Bangladesh causing an upset in the WI next year? IMO more first class games, in particular associates standing in as warm up opposition during major tours is the answer.

  5. September 21, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Depends upon what the exact problem is with the associate……. some problems can be overcome in 5 years, some in 10 years……. but then you have some assocaites like Hong Kong/Norway for example, where you cannot pinpoint the problems, and you dont know where to start off with……… its just that overall the country does not have much, and is only punching above its weight because of expats……

    btw….. I dont envisage Bang causing an upset in their group. I do envisage Ireland being able to cause an upset………… WI is a very strong team, but very unpredictable….. and I dont think Ireland is that far behind Zimbabwe………..

    ICC screwed up big time with Kenya….. the time to give Kenya a regular schedule fo at elast 20-25 ODIs per year was between 1996-2006……. its not now, now their team is much weaker…… also, I personally think that Kenya was just very lucky to have Tikolo, Odumbe, Otieno, Shah, Suji in their ranks in 1996….. these guys were just immensely talented, and I dont think that Kenya system is good enough to produce players like this consistently……. but it was a good team, and the ICC could have leveraged that to have at least 50-100K people to get into cricket in Kenya by today…… that would have led to a far better system today ……

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