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Afghanistan cricket is set for a multi-million dollar windfall after qualifying for the Int'l Cricket Council Cricket World Cup in '15. The side from the sport's second tier will receive a $1M preparation fee from the ICC ahead of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. It comes on top of the $422,000 awarded to the Afghanistan Cricket Board by the ICC Board in April as part of its Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme, aimed at raising playing standards. In '14, the top ICC Associate and Affiliate Members -- including Afghanistan -- will also receive approximately $750,000 in base support through the ICC Development Funding Policy. According to ACB CEO Dr. Mohammed Noor, there is the potential for further funding that could amount to as much as $850,000 from the country's government and sponsorship agreements from domestic and int'l businesses eager to ride the wave of Afghanistan success (ICC).
The Australian National Basketball League's demerger from Basketball Australia was formalized on Friday, "six days from tip-off" to the new '13-14 season, according to Boti Nagy of THE ADVERTISER. A "process begun in June was concluded in Sydney" with re-negotiated agreements with Network Ten and Perform "confirmed for a further two years." Fans will see "more live games on free-to-air television," with 23 live matches in the eastern states at 2pm on Sundays and nine live from Perth on Fridays at 9:30pm on ONE. There will be "14 additional Friday night matches shown on delay in the same timeslot." NBL Interim CEO Steve Dunn said, "Our intention was to finalize the demerger by June this year but the legal processes that have needed to be followed has taken a lot longer than we had hoped" (THE ADVERTISER, 10/4). NZ NEWSWIRE reported "the newly formed independent NBL has now taken full control of the league and its brand after the split was officially ratified in Sydney on Friday." Basketball Australia CEO Kristina Keneally said that BA would "continue to work with the NBL to make sure the league remains strong and complies with FIBA rules." Keneally: "We look forward to seeing them recapitalize the league, provide increased resources, and allow the NBL to grow its commercial success as it builds towards financial viability" (NZ NEWSWIRE, 10/5).
More than half of the suspended Indian Boxing Federation’s state units met in an “informal conclave” in New Delhi on Sunday and decided to write to the int'l body, seeking the appointment of an interim committee to run the sport in the country, besides conducting a “free and fair” re-election (PTI, 10/6). ... Cricket SA is "to make a decision" on Friday on the enforcement of a new quota system at provincial cricket level that is "set to see a minimum of two black African players in the starting XI of each team in domestic competitions." It is "not expected to extend to the national team." If passed, the proposal -- tabled at a transformation indaba last month -- "will be implemented in the upcoming season" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/3). ... F1 is "headed toward a crisis within the next 18 months unless costs are cut significantly." McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh said that the introduction of V6 turbo engines next year "added even more costs to an already highly expensive sport, and that more needs to be done to ensure the smaller independent teams can survive" (AP, 10/5).