US$94 Million Windfall For Zim Cricket

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is set to receive $94 million for the cycle 2016-2023 under the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s revised revenue-sharing model.

According to outcomes from ICC board and committee, the Board, by an overwhelming majority, passed the new financial model during meetings held in Dubai last month.

Under the revised revenue distribution model, Zimbabwe will now get $19 million more than it would have received over the eight-year period.

Based on current forecasted revenues and costs, India will get $293 million across the eight-year cycle, England $143 million, Zimbabwe $94 million and the remaining seven Full Members $132 million each.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has put in a bid to host the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier, a cricket tournament meant to decide the final qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England.

The top two teams at the qualifier event will join the eight teams who will have already qualified for the World Cup through their ranking in the ICC ODI Championship.

Zimbabwean batsman Craig Ervine plays a shot as Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, left, looks on during the One Day International cricket against India at Harare Sports Club, Saturday, June, 11, 2016. The Indian cricket team is in Zimbabwe for One Day International and T20 matches.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier was originally scheduled to take place in Bangladesh, but this is likely to change as Bangladesh appears certain to qualify automatically for the prestigious 50-over tournament.

The ICC also agreed on a new constitution which will work towards getting more nations playing Test cricket, equal weight of votes for all board members regardless of membership status and bringing in an independent female director.

The originally proposed changes to the constitution included a clause that opened the possibility of Full Members being relegated to Associate status.

But under the revised version that will be presented to the ICC annual conference for adoption in June, the potential for reclassification of full membership was removed, with the ICC Board acknowledging the need to sustain and grow the number of members competing at the top level.

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