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Meet the Winners: EOY Awards

Dear cricketers, cricket lovers and lovers of cricketers, we are glad that you are here. 2020 has been much like facing all of the best spinners in the world on a day 5 pitch in the subcontinent with no wickets in hand. We made it through. We won!! And that is no mean feat. Congratulations to us all...

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2020 in Review: Many Colours of A Broken Cricket Year

Despite the lull, lockdown and perhaps loss that the year has been for cricketers globally, in Nigeria, the year opened with a World Cup experience and is closing with the unveiling of a new coach. Both of which are unprecedented in the 105 years that the game has been documented here.But hey, let's not dwell on the upside for too long, we are also going to try ...

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ICC Confirms Nigeria for Key Cricket Engagements in 2021

The International Cricket Council, the umbrella body for the sport has confirmed Nigeria in two of the body's major activities in 2021 including Nigeria hosting one of them. In a communication sent out over the weekend, Nigeria was listed as one of the key nations penciled to vie for space for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 to be hosted in South Africa. Nigeria women's team, currently ranked 41st on the...

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NCF Announces 25 Man High Performance Camp

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has released the names of the 25 Players who will go into a 1 Week High-Performance Camp to be led by newly appointed head coach, Asanka Gurusinha. This camping period follows the Intra-Squad Triangular Series that was played over the course of last week which involved 36 of the best players from around the country...

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Nigeria Cricket Federation Unveils Sri Lankan Foreign Coach

Maria Whophil, a Deputy Director with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has formally unveiled Asanka Gurusinha as the Head Coach and High Performance Manager of Cricket for Nigeria at the Media Center of the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Abuja. Gurusinha who was picked ahead of 32...

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NCF Facility Investment Is Underrated

While it may be too early to start raining applause on the four-year works of the present Cricket administration, it may worth the while to give thumbs-up for investment on the different ovals across the country. Though the many turfs that dot the country are not the the "81m category" ( for the initiated only), there has apparently ...

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81 Million Reasons For Onion Scarcity

There is no society without its own challenges, the way these challenges are handled, however, reveal the capacity of the leadership of each society. At least, we now know that even supposedly strong democracies can fail or falter in the face of an issue like the Covid-19, health crisis. Of late, it has become apparent that...

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The National Sports Festival : Five Lessons In Talent Mismanagement

Deji Aliu, Gloria Alozie and Olusoji Fasuba are some names of home grown super talents that the country has lost to bad talent management. There is another bunch that took up Bahrain's nationality just so their talent could be better expressed and rewarded...

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ASANKA Is Here

Now that Asanka is here, It is an open secret that Nigeria now has a new Head Coach in the person of former Sri Lanka World Cup Winner, Asanka Gurusinghe. Congratulations to all cricket lovers (I don't mean the Lagos based cricket club). It is instructive that Asanka is coming at this time as it highlights the upward trajectory of cricket in Nigeria. If there is a thing the present board of the Federation has established, it...

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Lights Out(Again) at the Festival

Like the nation's power system, the army of talents warming up to shake off the horror of the lockdown with the much touted youth games have been left yawning. The light dims out for the umpteenth time, as the government announced that the December 3 flag off of the National Sports Festival has been countered...

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The South-South Region Launches First Female Cricket League

The Regional Development Officer for the South South, Mr Theophilus Ibodeme has announced that all is now set for the first edition of the South-South Female Cricket League. The first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa in general.<br/> In a communique released online, Mr Ibodeme expressed great joy as he formally unveiled the names of the Eight (8) Clubs and their Logos....

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Musings of a Groundsman - STILL

You can breathe now. The Indian Premier League has come to an exciting end. It delivered as much as it promised and even gave us more than we asked for. All we looked forward to was good cricket mixed with a bit of some excitement, considering the fact that boisterous IPL crowd would be watching from home, ...

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Musings of a Groundsman - Cricket Interlude

Let me take your minds away from the Indian Premier League for a moment. Many people don't know, but there's an internal series going on currently in faraway Rawalpindi. Pakistan is still enjoying their return to hosting cricket matches in their country as they welcome Zimbabwe for a tour of 3-match ODI and T20 series....

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Musings of a Groundsman - Dreams Of The Dream11

Somebody pinch me, please! No, don't pinch me. Get a pin instead. Now prick me with it. Prick me hard. I cannot believe what I saw last night in Dubai. The last time I shared my thoughts, I said that this edition still holds much more drama for us. I was willing to bet on it (with the money I don't have) that we will witness a few more scores of 200+ before we reach the halfway point....

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Musings of a Groundsman - Dream11 Dreams

If like me, you're the type who enjoys the explosive nature of T20 and the fireworks the Indian Premier League especially brings, then you will agree with me that this year's edition has been worth the long, Covid-19-enforced wait. Twenty20 cricket, being the shortest and the most exciting form of the game has always been...

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Online Scoring Course from CricHeroes

Like the game itself, taking scores of a cricket game requires skill, preparation and a great bit of concentration. As important as it is, it is not surprising that it is often a struggle to find people who are content to sit for an entire day with their noses in a book, taking record of...

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Scout's Corner - Taiwo Mohammed

Name - Taiwo Mohammed, Date of Birth - 3rd June, Nickname - Papa, Club - Ibeju Lekki CC, Role - Bowler. In April of 2018, at the ICC Wt20 Africa A Qualifier in Lagos, Nigeria unearthed a gem. A fresh-faced, left-arm seamer took the entire subcontinent by storm. His name- Mohammed Taiwo Blessed with natural...

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Musings of a Groundsman - Will This Change Last?

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Until we stop thinking about administration as an opportunity to kill poverty and enrich ourselves, until we show genuine care and concern for the growth and the development of the game, until we change our minds about being selfish and unaccountable, the future of the...

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Scout's Corner - Vincent Adewoye

They say "get you a man that can do both". From Flintoff to Stokes, Symonds and Kallis, all-rounders remain the glue that holds many a lineup together and, Vincent Adewoye looks set to be one of Nigeria's all-time great all-rounders. An absolute dynamite of a player who can hold his own either as a bowler...

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Development Starts Here

Rapid development, especially in a sport like cricket is heavily dependent on the availability of facilities. If there is one thing that cricketers all over Nigeria agree on, it is that our chances of progressing as a cricketing nation has been hampered by the lack of access to cricket pitches that meet international standards. Promises...

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Managing Expectations

PART ONE. On the eve of what is probably the most highly rated game in Nigeria's cricketing history. Definitely the most eagerly awaited and anticipated outing of any of our cricket teams, it is easy to get carried away, easy to get lost in the moment, to believe (not that there is anything wrong with...

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Data Analyst's Paradise - CricHeroes

Over rates and strike rates, bowling averages and fielding extras, runs scored during the power play overs and runs conceded at the death, runs scored against left-hand seamers vs number of dismissals when batting against spinners. A plethora of data points which, on their own, to the uninformed may seem meaningless. How do you connect...

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Interview with Endurance Ofem

One rainy Sunday evening, armed with my facemask and BNC sweatshirt, I set out purposefully, through the wet roads of Surulere. My task was simple. I was on my way to a meeting with one of the main men in Nigerian cricket for the last 20 years. A stalwart for the Yellow Greens as a...

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Your Life or Your Sport ?

There has been a lot of interesting news coming out of the heartbeat of the nation, Edo State. We are obviously referring to news about the 20th National Sports Festival which was postponed a few months ago and not the political brouhaha. There is now a strong indication that new dates are set to be...

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ORDER, REORDER

Patience, dominant straight bat, decent judgement...those are the qualities you need to makethe top order of any batting side anywhere in the world. Traditionally, you were taught to bepatient in the opening overs of the game, and open up gradually as the game went on.And as a tail-ender, all you need is to learn how...

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Musings of a Groundsman - In Dispirit of Cricket

There is reason why my sport is referred to as the gentleman's game-and it's not because it is played only by men. Honesty, respect for the individual (officials and opposition), are the mantra that the game hinges on-remove those, and the game is as good as those played by touts and hooligans. One of the...

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Musings of a Groundsman - Model Role Models

When I was growing up in cricket, I didn't have the opportunity to see so much of it on TV. Heck I didn't even know that cricket could be played with white all and colored strips. All I knew was red ball, white outfit. So you can imagine my shock when I saw, for the...

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ACUSN Conducts a One Day Successful Webinar

The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers of Nigeria (ACUSN) under the guidance of theNigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) successfully hosted a Webinar that attracted lots of foreignparticipants.The 3 hour Webinar on Sunday, 7th June, 2020 was attended by Umpires, Scorers, Coaches,Players and lovers of the sport from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Namibia,Uganda, Rwanda,...

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The "New" Normal

Dear Reader, It has been a while, hasn't it? A lot has happened since you last heard from us. The World has gone through some difficult times, a global pandemic, lockdowns, and substantial loss of lives that has taken a toll on all of us mentally, economically and physically. We get the feeling that things...

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The Unending Cycle of Misdirection

Latest Yellow Green squad announcement has once again shown that cricket is not immune to the godfatherism that plagues many other spheres of our lives as a people. After 4 days of gruelling trials, a 14 man list has been released, comprising of 9 players from the trials to be joined by 4 of the youngsters...

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And The Ball Drops

Welcome to the new year. We have missed you.Since you last read from us, the Yellow Greens have competed at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Leke Oyede has gotten married, Biodun Abioye has been suspended for an illegal bowling action, Foundation Cricket Club have defied the presidential order of border closure...

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GCI VS IBEJU LEKKI

A battling 73* by Seun Adeboro could not prevent GCIOBCC from falling to a massive 95 run defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals Ibeju Lekki. GCI, soundly beaten in the end will look to take some encouragement from their performance with the ball in the first hour of the game when, after being...

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GCU VS CLCC

Tafawa Balewa Square. Saturday 12th January. The skies were clear, weather was great. Second day match week 1. The two new entrants into Division 1 - GCU and CLC about to take on each other to see who between them was better prepared for the challenge ahead. The first battle was won by Vincent Adewoye,...

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