Australia to fund training of Indian women cricketers

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New Delhi, Jun 23 (UNI) Taking their cooperation towards a ''new direction,'' the Australia-India (Cricket) Council has decided to fund training programmes of some of the India's rising women cricketers.

The isssue was discussed at the Australia-India Foreign Ministers' Framework Dialogue in Canberra today, according to a Joint Statement issued after the talks, the External Affairs Ministry said here.

''Sport has long been a strong bond between Australia and India.

Taking our well-established cricket relationship in a new direction, Ministers welcomed the decision of the Australia India Council to fund training programs for some of India's rising young women cricketers,'' the Joint Statement issued ater talks between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said.

The two Ministers also acknowledged the good work of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP), which provides funding for sports projects in disadvantaged communities.

The ASOP will fund up to three projects in India over the next 12 months, the Joint Statement added.


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