World Cricket League: ICC give Jersey facilities thumbs up

Jersey's facilities have been given the thumbs up by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of this summer's World Cricket League division six.

The ICC's events manager Edward Fitzgibbon has visited the island to ensure the grounds will be up to standard for the tournament in July.

Grainville, FB Fields, Les Quennevais and Farmers Field have been revealed as the four venues.

"They're fantastic, I'm very happy with what I've seen," said Fitzgibbon.

Confirmed tournament venues

Cricket in Jersey

Grainville - Jersey's main ground and hosted World League division five final in 2008.

FB Fields - Multiple pitches next to the island's main athletics track just outside St Helier.

Farmers - Privately owned village-cricket style ground in the Jersey countryside.

Les Quennevais - Multiple pitches in the west of the island alongside a multi-sports leisure centre.

"Jersey are 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.

"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."

The tournament, from 21-28 July, will see Jersey face Bahrain, Kuwait, Argentina and the top two teams from World Cricket League division seven.

"We've met with local suppliers and we've sorted out some potential security issues," head of the Jersey Cricket Board Chris Minty told BBC Radio Jersey.

"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."

Jersey last hosted a World Cricket League tournament in 2008 when they finished runners-up to Afghanistan in division five.