The Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey are set to host their first international tournaments in 2007. Jersey will be hosting the European Under 19 championship, whilst Guernsey is set to host the first ever European Under 23 second division championship which will feature both Channel Island teams, Italy, and either France or Gibraltar.
Guernsey could be in for a busy year too. Speaking to the Guernsey Press and Star, Guernsey Cricket Board chairman David Piesing said, "We've the likelihood of France coming over for a triangular tournament with Jersey. One or both of Ireland A and Scotland A are also coming over. Both want to link up with Guernsey and Jersey, which is fantastic." In addition, there is also the possibility of a tour to Canada, as we reported in September.
In other positive news, despite only becoming affiliate members of the ICC in 2005, both islands have already applied for associate membership, and their application will be considered at the ICC annual meeting next July. A positive decision is expected, which could see ICC funding treble.