ICC Trophy Grounds Announced
ICU Media Release
The International Cricket Council and the Irish Cricket Union are delighted to announce the nominated venues for the group matches in next year's ICC Trophy.
Subject to final inspections by the ICC, 19 grounds will be used in the first week, 1st to 8th July of the tournament, which is being held in and around the Belfast and Derry area. 12 teams will play in two groups of six. Sixteen of the grounds will ne in the Northern Cricket Union area and the other three will be in the North-West.
In addition, Clontarf has been confirmed for the final which will take place on Wednesday, July 13.
Ireland will play their five first phase games at Bangor, North Down, Waringstown and Civil Service who will stage two.
With 30 matches to be played in the first week, some grounds in the NCU area will host moe than one game and the list is:
Armagh, Bangor, Carrick, Civil Service, Cliftonville, Cooke Collegians, Downpatrick, Instonians, Lisburn, Lurgan, Muckamore, Newforge, North Down, RBAI (Osborne Park, Belfast), Waringstown, Woodvale.
The three North-West venues will be Drummond, Eglinton and Limavady. Apart from Clontarf, the Southern games, during 9th to 13th July will be played at Leinster, Malahide, Merrion, North County and The Hills.
ICC President Ehsan Mani said the tournament was fortunate to have so many highly rated grounds available throughout Ireland.
He said: "The ICC is delighted that the games will be played at such a variety of venues. It means that no ground will be played on too frequently and that will augur well for the state of the pitches. It's obviously a hugely important aspect of the tournament, not least because 5 of the 12 countries will qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies in 2007."
John Wright, secretary of the Irish Cricket Union who will also be the tournament director, said: "We are grateful for the enthusiastic manner in which clubs throughout the country responded to the invitation to host games.In fact we received more acceptances than were required so, inevitably, some clubs will be disappointed. However, such is the enthusiasm for the tournament that some of these clubs have offered their facilities for 'warm up' games."
Details on ticketing and hospitality arrangements will be made available early next year.