Cricket Ireland has welcomed the decision of the ICC Board to approve a $500,000 per annum grant from the Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) in the sport.

TAPP is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full and Associate/Affiliate Members and it is hoped the grant will help Irish cricket flourish.

Cricket Ireland hope to secure additional fixtures against full members, form a national academy and organise interprovincial series thanks to the grant.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said: "We are delighted and grateful to ICC for this award which will help Cricket Ireland achieve their stated objectives.

"We shall be exploring in greater detail the award and terms of the grant with ICC management in order to ascertain how to prioritise the funding towards the proposals that we outlined in our applications."