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Islands cash in from ICC millions

Jersey cricketers in action
Channel Island cricketers are set to benefit from the extra cash

The Channel Islands are set to benefit from 150 million worth of ICC funding.

The money comes from TV deals struck by the ICC in the Indian sub-continent and is aimed at developing standards in non-Test playing nations.

Jersey Cricket Board's Director of Cricket Chris Minty says his island could see its ICC funding double.

"We currently receive $90,000 per annum and we suspect that it is going to be about twice that amount," Minty explained to BBC Jersey.

"They want to develop cricket throughout the world."

Guernsey has just been promoted to associate member status, the same as Jersey, and is also set to benefit from the extra cash.

"They're very keen on all the countries operating with sufficient funding in order to develop the game and make it more popular," Minty said.

The deal, announced by new ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, is seen as the most significant funding package ever for the development of cricket.

"We can confirm we are making the biggest-ever investment in the game from top to bottom over the next seven years. From 2009, the ICC will pump almost $300 million into our 94 associate and affiliate members that make up the developing cricket world," Lorgat said.

"We believe this is the biggest investment in global development by any sport outside football," he added.

And Lorgat says the money will help try and get more smaller countries, such as jersey and Guernsey, into events like the World Cup.

"Thanks to the ICC World Cricket League, all associate and affiliate members now have a clear pathway through to one of the crown jewels of the game, the ICC Cricket World Cup.

It's going to be spent on helping develop players across the age ranges, develop coaches and umpires and help with improvements to facilities

Jersey Cricket Board Director of Cricket, Chris Minty

"A month ago, Afghanistan and Jersey finished as the top two sides in the WCL Division Five event and have progressed to the Division Four event in Tanzania, to be held in November. From there, for the top sides, it's on to Argentina in January for Division Three."

Jersey now has the challenge of ensuring that the money is spent wisely.

"It's a lot of money for a small country like Jersey," said Minty.

"It's going to be spent on helping develop players across the age ranges, develop coaches and umpires and help with improvements to facilities."


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