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World cricketers arrive in Jersey

ICC World Development Officer, Matthew Kennedy
Kennedy said Jersey had "some fantastic facilities"

Cricketers from 12 nations across the globe have started to arrive in Jersey for the ICC World Division Five Cricket Tournament which begins on Friday.

The tournament involves teams as diverse as Norway and Afghanistan, with the top two securing berths in Division Four and possibly the 2011 World Cup.

ICC global development manager Matthew Kennedy said Jersey was a good venue.

"It's got a great cricket culture and that's due to hard work from people there," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"People there like cricket and hopefully they'll be keen to see countries from all over the world battling it out in the ICC World Cricket League.

It's a great team of people off the field that worked really hard at developing the game in a voluntary capacity


Matthew Kennedy
ICC world development officer

"The ICC's very excited, we're sure it's going to be a great event."

Kennedy was impressed an island that was only granted associate membership of the international cricket body last year was already hosting a world tournament.

"It really is fantastic for them to be able to host 12 associate and affiliate members of the world," he said.

He went on to reveal part of the reason the island had been chosen to hold the tournament was its dynamic cricket association.

"It's a great team of people off the field that worked really hard at developing the game in a voluntary capacity.

"The island also has an effective professional administration which engaged government well and engaged local corporate support very well."




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