Irish cricket July 7, 2007

Clontarf future secure

Cricinfo staff
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Fears over the future of Clontarf, in Dublin, as a one-day international venue have been eased with confirmation that existing grounds which have been approved don't come under the new rulings regarding boundary sizes.

At the recent ICC meetings in London it was decided to set new minimum requirements for the boundaries of international grounds. The new requirement is 65 yards for square boundaries and a minimum straight boundary of 70 yards.

Clontarf wouldn't have been able to meet these new sizes, but an ICC spokesman said: "Whereas the boundary sizes have been increased existing grounds and grounds currently under construction, such as the Dubai Stadium, are exempt."

However, the new regulations would appear to rule out Eglinton as a future ODI venue, whose playing area is below the minimum requirements. Bready Cricket Club are currently developing a new ground which they hope will become the North West venue for hosting international games.