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Musings of A Groundsman - Speed Kills

Sanath saw the future. Years before the first-ever T20 ball was bowled in county cricket in 2003, Sanath had fashioned a new tactic that has stayed relevant to date. So flawless was this approach, he led Sri Lanka to a World Cup triumph in 1996 without losing a game. Many batters, indeed, nations have since fashioned styles after him and the batting game has not remained the same. T20 is the shortest format in international cricket. It means you have ONLY 120 balls...

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ICC T20 QUALIFIER: NIGERIA BOWLER ABOLARIN OUT; MOHAMMED NAMED AS REPLACEMENT

Nigeria’s opening bowler Rasheed Abolarin has been ruled out of the Regional Final ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier billed for Rwanda from Wednesday, November 17 to Sunday, November 2021 due to a knee injury. The Lagos Asians Cricket Club player picked up a knee injury which has ruled him out of the tournament and his position is now taken by left-arm bowler Taiwo Mohammed, who is making a return to the team. According to National Coach and High ...

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Nigeria Cricket Team Chase World Cup Ticket In Rwanda

The Nigeria National Senior Men’s team, the Yellow-Green will this week begin a four-day six-match session for the ticket to represent the continent at the next T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022. Uyi Akpata, President of the Federation said that the team preparations for this event have been in top order and he expects nothing but a fight along with the other competitors, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. “We have had the team training together for weeks and had...

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The Storm Before The Calm?

...yes, you read the title right. When the team to face West African neighbors Sierra Leone was announced, many of us were sure that this was the team that would step out to defend Nigeria’s honor in the ICC Men’s T20WC Africa Qualifier.  We thought that the 6-match T20I series was a chance to give the boys some match practice while racking up a few ranking points. We can pretty much check those boxes as done. After all, 5 wins out of 6...

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Bilateral T20i Fallout: Yellow-Green Re-shuffled on the way to Kigali

While most of us were watching the youthful Yellow Greens of the Nigerian side ride roughshod over the Patriots of Sierra Leone with their 5-1 Lampooning of their visitors, the Nigerian handlers were growing grey hairs. The victory against Sierra Leone wasn’t in any way a measure of the might they intended to approach Kigali’s qualifiers with, and the incessant struggles with top-order batsmen compounded the yo-yo form of the bowlers until Peter Aho came to the rescue....

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Ahoy! Its Peter (Again) Steering the Nigerian Ship to Safety

Whatever is written (and said) about the six-match bilateral encounter between Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the lone run of youngster Peter Aho will form the fulcrum of the analyses henceforth. Six wickets in 3.4 overs, one maiden, and five runs! You just can’t have a better game than that - at least says the International Cricket Council’s T20i statistics page. For now, the sun revolves around the shy bowler and he seems to have enough frame to carry the weight of his achievement....

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ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Qualifier, Nigeria in the Spotlight

Barring any glitch, the Nigerian team for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier will be touching down in Kigali, on Monday, September 27, to begin the Covid-19 protocols ahead of the expected testy encounters. For once, the spotlight will be on the lads from Nigeria, for the obvious role they played at the last edition where they ran away ‘unexpectedly’, with the lone World Cup ticket at the event, to the chagrin of tournament favorites....

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Nigeria’s Cricket Team is on the Right Path- Asanka

Head Coach and High-Performance Manager of Nigeria's Cricket Team, Asanka Gurusinha, has said the series of defeats that the national male team has undergone in the ongoing Pearl of Africa T20 series in Uganda is good for the team. The Sri-Lankan former Cricket World Cup winner said this as the team rounded up preparation to engage Kenya and Uganda in the last two final matches of the ongoing tournament on Tuesday. “They are living up to our expectations....

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The Cranes doing the double over the Yellow Greens

If you are a Nigerian, a cricket lover, and a frequent reader of our blog it won’t be news to you that both the senior Female and Male national teams are out of the country flying the nation’s flag. The women seek a spot at the ICC women’s T20 world cup while the men hope to shave off the rust, and sharpen their skills while learning in the process as they prepare for the ICC men T20 world cup qualifiers in October by participating in the Pearl of Africa T20I series...

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Nigeria Upbeat on Departure for Tri Series against, Uganda and Kenya

The National Men’s Cricket Team has jetted out to Entebbe in Uganda on Thursday afternoon to honor a Tri-Series with the national teams of Uganda and Kenya which get underway from Friday, September 10, 2021. The event which is the first international outing for the national team in close to two years owing to the pandemic will see the new-look national team put to test. Asanka Gurusinha, Nigeria’s foreign national Cricket Coach and High-Performance...

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Nigeria Brushes Sierra Leone in Cricket W/C Qualifier

Nigeria women's Cricket team began her ICC T20 Women's World Cup Qualification Campaign on a sound note with a 5 wickets victory over West Africa rivals Sierra Leone in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday. Sierra Leone had won the toss and elected to bat first in the opening game of group B at the ICC T20 qualifying event. Opening bowling pair for Nigeria Abdulquadri Taiwo and Efosa Joy bowled decently with the latter getting the 1st wicket...

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ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africia Qualifiers - Nigeria in the Spot Light

Excitements trickle down my spine as a cricketer and as a Nigerian, an associate cricketing nation as international cricket action is upon us. We step into the spotlight this time in Botswana, host of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers, 2021. The qualifier matches will be played as a Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I), the shortest form of women's international cricket. Nigeria and 10 other cricketing nations will slog it out...

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Kwibuka 2021 - Meet the Stars

From the capital of the land of a thousand hills, the amazon rose. The stage was set, the drum rolled, the actions took place, and the curtains dropped on the Kwibuka 2021 edition where we saw 5 cricketing nations battle it out for supremacy. It was an exciting past week of cricket, and you’d agree with me that every match day picked up momentum from where it was left the day before. We saw amazing team performances as well as individual performances...

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Musings of A Groundsman - Nigeria in Kwibuka: The Evaluation

Just over a week ago, our girls jetted off to Kwibuka, Rwanda to represent about 200 million of us in this beautiful game of cricket. Many of us who followed them have kept keen eyes on their performances against all the nations they have come up against at the tournament. Every international competition is an opportunity for us to assess our many grassroots development programs scattered throughout the country. To start with, a big kudos...

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Musings with the swinger - Unlearn; Relearn!

There's always a sense of anticipation leading up to and during competitions. The anticipation from many angles. The anticipation from the organizers, hoping that their many months of preparation will be worth it. The anticipation from the officials, knowing that each competition is unique; and that they need to put their best feet forward. The anticipation from the fans, expecting nothing but wins. The anticipation from the athletes, getting ready to...

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Over the Hill View - Kwibuka 2021: Rise of the Amazons

It has been an interesting week of cricket so far with stunning individual performances, upsets, and last-over victories. With most teams coming into the competition rusty with little or no competitive matches due to COVID-19 restrictions, all teams took little or no time to sharpen themselves up and got right into the groove of the game. The beautiful Gahanga International Stadium, Kigali hosts this prestigious tournament. ...

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Kwibuka 2021 Between Expectation and Reality

Before all the teams take their hit for their third game from tomorrow, there is a need for an honest review of the matches. First, none of the matches had posted results out of the reach of their rating on the ICC ranking log. But in case you’re out of touch with the respective placements of the teams in Kwubuka, we have them listed below :Kenya (22), Namibia (23), Rwanda (34), Nigeria (40), Botswana (41)...

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Kwibuka: Rise of the Amazons

The Rwandan Cricket Association, as she continues to help the girl-child dream anew, is very worthy of commendation. It is fitting that we are talking about the Rwandan journey in the same breath as girl-child. As the land of "A Thousand Hills" is rising like the phoenix, we call for everyone to support the African woman as she takes her place on the stage and dances with destiny. From June 6, 2021, in what is more than a game of cricket, there would be...

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International Cricket Is Back

Nigeria's female national team is currently flying above our heads en route to Kigali, Rwanda to compete in the Kwibuka tournament. The excitement is tangible albeit unpredictable for cricket fans, even for the most ardent followers of the female game. This year's competition will see the hosts joined by Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, and Kenya. The Ugandan team pulled out at the last minute due to a breach of the team's bio bubble during preparation....

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A Change of Guards?

Nigeria Head Coach, Asanka Gurusinha has today announced a 20 man list that will form the core of the country's national team for the rest of the year. This release comes on the heels of the National Men's Championships and the National Sports Festival, both of which were keenly watched by Asanka, his assistants and national selectors. The release presents more than a few surprises. Below, we try to decode what this all means....

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NEW FRONTIERS: End of one era, the beginning of another

It is time to bid farewell to our heroes and welcome new champions. The 2021 Men and Women’s Cricket Championship will be a swansong for some and a launching pad for many. For those in the evening of their international career, they may want to leave on a high note. For those that the early morning sunshine is on their careers, they may want to announce their arrival with very loud statements. There will be an exchange of baton....

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Obruthe Clive Ogbimi: A GREAT PLAYER and an even GREATER COACH

Few sights give greater joy than an Uthe Ogbimi classical on-drive or a flick off his pads. He was and still is a great batsman with an array of shots around the wicket. He pulled with relish, hooked with aplomb drove with supple wrists. For me, the real greatness of this genuine soldier of cricket is in imparting cricket knowledge and skills to youngsters. Uthe came alive in Coaching. Committed, passionate, resourceful...

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Cricket Federation Celebrates Ex-Captain At 80

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has announced that the life of dedication and professionalism on the game by Professor Olajide Bademosi; who clocks 80 years old on February 25, 2021 is one that should be emulated by aspiring players of the game. President of the Federation, Professor Yahaha Ukwenya said Bademosi modeled what a complete athlete was. He excelled on and off the pitch. "He represented Nigeria for eighteen years and was captain of the national team...

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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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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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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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