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Federation to construct N200m standard cricket pitches in Abuja


Abuja Jun 04 005The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) said on Thursday that it would construct two international standard cricket pitches at the Abuja National Stadium.

Emeka Onyeama, President of NCF told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that work on the project would commence on April 17.

Onyeama said the aim was to provide conducive playing pitches to boost Nigeria’s chances of securing the hosting rights for the 2016 Cricket World Cup.

According to him, the N200 million for the project will be provided by the federation’s new sponsors, Montage Cable TV.

“We want to be able to host cricket World Cup and invitational tournaments from countries all over the world because Nigeria is a very big market.

“We want to use this ground to commercialise the game in Nigeria and reach out to many countries to ensure quality matches are played here on weekly basis.

“Television stations will be expected to buy broadcast rights and we cannot do this if we do not have an international standard ground, that is why we are working hard to have these pitches in place,’’ Onyeama said.

He said work on the pitches, covering 22.5 hectares, would be completed in three months ahead of the National Cricket Club League in September.

Onyeama urged all lovers of the game in the country to support the federation to make cricket the “next big thing’’ in Nigeria sports circle.

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