Martin Snedden, who represented New Zealand at the crucial ICC meeting in Dubai, believes the Kiwis will benefit from the new proposals. He was speaking to the local media here.

Snedden said, “We are going to end up with a playing programme that is pretty strong going through to 2023, which is three years longer than the current FTP schedule.

“We’re going to have a balanced programme, playing against the big guys, the medium and the small guys, regular home and away and the same types of tours as we’ve been having.”

He added, “There’s no going backwards in terms of the quality of the playing programme. We’ve got good agreements we’ve reached with Australia, England and India in terms of what that’s going to look like.”

Detailed discussions

On discussions with India, Snedden said, “We had a number of detailed discussions with India about the timing of home and away tours and we both signed off on that.

“I’m confident that will hold up and be part of the final agreement.”

He was confident that all countries would vote for the proposal in February.

“I’ve got a pretty strong degree of confidence that it is going to happen. I can say this first hand that India, England and Australia have been completely open to listening and making some adjustments.

“Certainly they got the message that with the likes of New Zealand and the other smaller countries, that certainty around the FTP programme was absolutely critical.”

PTI reports from Dubai

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is expecting at least 100 per cent increase in its revenue over the next eight years if the proposed system of ICC revenue sharing is voted in.

The WICB felt many of the key principles could be beneficial to it and accordingly issued a release in support of the new draft principles.

“After extensive discussions and careful consideration the West Indies Cricket Board joined with all other Full Members of the ICC in providing support for key principles relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC,” the release said.

“Based on new proposed system of ICC revenue sharing for the upcoming eight-year cycle (2015-2023), WICB projects to receive at least 100 per cent increase on the previous eight-year cycle (2006-2014),” it said.

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