New agreement set to boost game in New Zealand

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THE board of New Zealand Cricket has ratified a new eight-year agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association.
The new terms, which must go before the boards of the six major associations and then be put to the players when domestic sides reconvene in October, guarantee 65 million New Zealand dollars to the grassroots game and are also believed to include an official window for participation in the Indian Premier League.(IPL).
“New Zealand Cricket is delighted to have worked so closely with the NZCPA and the major associations to create a sustainable agreement which provides long-term stability for cricket and our players,” said Justin Vaughan, NZC CEO.
“An eight-year term is groundbreaking, and signals the long-term nature of our partnership with the NZCPA. Through the eight years 65 million is guaranteed to fund grassroots cricket and a further 25 million is ring-fenced for NZC reserves. These elements underwrite the future of cricket in this country.
“The long-term approach has allowed all parties to plan with certainty for the future and ensure that investment levels can be maintained into grassroots cricket. This is particularly important considering the significant changes we have seen to the shape of cricket in recent times.”
Heath Mills, executive manager of NZCPA, added: “We are delighted with the agreement. The negotiating parties have worked hard to create an outcome which is good for cricket, good for players and secures the future of the game – and we believe we have achieved that.
“We shall have an environment which will develop quality cricketers and, more importantly, it should enhance our ability to retain them playing full time in New Zealand which is critical for the ongoing growth of the sport.” (Eurosport)