By: Hanif Ullah
The ICC Board held its second meeting of 2016 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 24 April. Among the other decisions ICC approves a short-term ODI fund of $500K each for Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland.
In line with the ICC’s Game and Market Development Strategy, the Board approved a short-term ODI fund of $500K each for Afghanistan Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland. The fund is being provided to the two countries to allow them the opportunity to schedule more bilateral series, which, in turn, will support their bid to improve their team rankings and claims to secure direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
In January 2014, the two Members were added to the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings of 12 teams, while England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September 2017 will automatically qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
In addition to this, the two countries also participate in the ICC funded Intercontinental Cup, which is a pathway to Test cricket.
Afghanistan breaks Into Top Ten ICC Rankings after Win against Zimbabwe in the 5th & final ODI in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year.
Afghanistan is currently ranked 10th while Ireland 11th in the ICC ODI Rankings. Full member of ICC Zimbabwe ranked 12th after losing to Afghanistan in last year at Sharjah.