Jersey, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The Internal Cricket Council (ICC) has approved Jersey’s facilities as one of the venues for the World Cricket League division six which will be played from July 21 to 28.
ICC events manager Edward Fitzgibbon has given Jersey the thumbs-up during a recent visit to the island to ensure the grounds will be up to standard for the tournament in July.
“They’re fantastic, I’m very happy with what I’ve seen,” said Fitzgibbon.
Jersey last hosted a World Cricket League tournament in 2008 when it finished runners-up to Afghanistan in division five.
In the tournament, Jersey will face Bahrain, Kuwait, Argentina and the top two teams from World Cricket League division seven.
Aside from Jersey, FB Fields, Les Quennevais and Farmers Field have also been picked as venues.
“Jersey is very fortunate to have such great grounds and it was very difficult determining which grounds to use “I’ve got no real concerns over the facilities for the event,” Fitzgibbon said.
“We’ve still got quite a lot of work to do on budgets, transportation and logistics but I’m more than happy to go back and give a big tick of approval,” he added.
Chris Minty, head of the Jersey Cricket Board, has already ironed out potential security issue, aside from supplies and other concerns, for the tournament.
“We could’ve used all the facilities really but we’ve decided to use those four because they’re best suited to the games. It doesn’t happen in five minutes – these tournaments do require a lot of work,” Minty said.