> On Wed, 18 Aug 2004 19:30:36 +1000, "Ananda Wijepala"
> >The eighth Asia Cup generated a profit of US$ 19 million, the biggest
> >in its history. Of this figure US$ 10.6 million will be distributed among
> >the six nations that competed in the tournament - Sri Lanka, India,
> >Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE and Hongkong. The remaining funds the ACC will
> >utilize for the development of cricket in the game's Asian outposts. Each
> >the four Test-playing nations will receive US$ 2.5 million.
> >Is Asia cup meaningless?
> why do u ask that Q?
IIRC, at the start of Asia cup there were some comments denigrating this as
a meaningless ODI tournament. Now, 2.5m is lot of money for any country that
can be used to develop the game in many ways. As you know prior to 96, most
cricket boards were short of cash and that hampered the development of
cricket in Sub-continent.
The improvements in the facilities of SL cricket infrastructure since
96(after SLC started getting money from TV rights etc) helped to improve the
standards of cricket in SL - specially in the outstations. In other sports,
the gap has widen between developed countries and developing countries since
1950s - mainly due to lack funds. Fortunately, cricket does not belong to
that category anymore. Sub-continent cricket can now afford best coaches,
best trainers and best tanning facilities; but you need money to get these