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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 June, 2005, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Island gets international cricket
The Bailiwick of Guernsey has become one of the newest members of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The island has been granted membership along with Jersey, Slovenia and Mali.

The membership is the start of a journey which could one day pit the island against some of the best cricketing nations in the world.

Guernsey joins nations such as Iran and Panama as an affiliate member who can compete in ICC regional development games and qualify for the World Cup.

The ICC also elevated Botswana, Japan, Kuwait, Belgium and Thailand to associate member status at its annual conference.

The cricket council has 54 affiliates, 32 associate members and 10 full members.

The leading lower tier sides will be competing for the ICC trophy in Ireland next month, with the top five teams qualifying for the 2007 World Cup.

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