Cricket Ireland double their money with £25m cash bonanza from ICC
Cricket Ireland are to receive an extra £25m over the next six years from ICC, another financial bonanza for their elevation to Full Membership.
Three months before the first Test match against Pakistan, the windfall, part of a revised financial model approved by the ICC board at its meeting this week, could not have been better timed and is double the money they were guaranteed when promoted from Associate Membership last June.
Meanwhile, Civil Service North have made two significant signings this week with the announcement of new professional Andre Malan followed by the transfer from Waringstown of Ireland Under-19 international Morgan Topping.
Topping was a member of the squad which has just returned from the U19 World Cup in New Zealand but would not have been guaranteed a regular place in the champions' winning squad.
So CSN swooped and he has agreed to move to Stormont where he joins a side determined to improve on their desperately disappointing 2017 season when only relegated Lisburn finished below Graeme McCarter's side.
Succeeding Mansoor Amjad as professional is the 26-year-old brother of North Down's overseas star Pieter Malan who dominated the NCU batting averages in 2015 and 2016, scoring almost 2,000 runs and six centuries.
It means Andre Malan has a hard act to follow, but he arrives with good numbers, averaging 40 in List A cricket in his native South Africa and he has also hit seven first-class centuries.