Gulf & Middle East
Jersey to host ICC World League next year
May 15, 2007 - 4:26:29 PM

Dubai, May 15 - The International Cricket Council - Tuesday confirmed that the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey will host the World Cricket League Division V next year.

The decision follows a recent visit to the island by an ICC development team to inspect the country's suitability for promotion to associate membership, which will be voted on at the ICC's annual conference at the Lords in June.

Jersey has been an affiliate member of the ICC since June 2005 and as such is one of the more recent additions to the development programme. Selection to host this global event is recognition of the successful developments that the Jersey Cricket Board - has achieved over the past two years since gaining membership.

Nestled between England and France, Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. It is located some 100 miles south of mainland Britain yet only 14 miles from the coast of France and has a population of around 90,000 people.

Approximately 3,500 people participate in the game in Jersey. There are six grounds with turf squares on the island, which play host to a league structure made up of more than 40 teams competing across two weekend divisions, three evening league divisions and two indoor league divisions. There are also a further 47 teams that compete at junior level.

'This is tremendous, not only for Jersey cricket, but also for Jersey. We are looking forward to the challenges that this will present and will be doing all we can to ensure it is a successful tournament,' said Chris Minty, director of JCB.

The league is scheduled to take place sometime in May or June next year, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed.

Originally planned to be an eight-team event, a recent decision at the ICC Development Committee meeting earlier this month expanded the league to include 12 teams including Botswana, US, Afghanistan, Norway, Nepal, Singapore, Jersey, Mozambique, Bahamas and Germany and two teams yet to qualify from the East-Asia Pacific region.

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