IN­DIAN CRICKET BANKROLLS NA­TIONAL FOOT­BALL TEAM

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

IN­DIA’S cricket chiefs have agreed to do­nate five mil­lion dol­lars over the next two years to im­prove the na­tion's un­der-per­form­ing foot­ball team.

The af­flu­ent Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) ac­cepted a re­quest from the coun­try's cash­starved foot­ball body for funds needed to pre­pare the na­tional team for the 2011 Asian Cup fi­nals in Qatar.

"The BCCI will give 250 mil­lion ru­pees (five mil­lion dol­lars) to the All-In­dia Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in the coun­try in the next two years," the cricket board said in a state­ment.

The AIFF will use part of the money to fund its "Goal 2011" project where top 25 play­ers will be taken away from club du­ties for nine months to build the na­tional team for the Asian Cup.

Un­der the project, the AIFF will pay play­ers the fees they earn from their re­spec­tive clubs for the time they re­main in the na­tional camp.

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