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Ridwan to captain Team Nigeria’s men’s cricket team in Abuja

By Guardian Nigeria
22 September 2022   |   2:58 am
National U-19 men’s cricket team coach, Daniel Gim, has chosen teen star, Abdulkareem Ridwan, as captain of the side, which is preparing for the eighth-nation Africa Division 2 World Cup qualifier ...

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National U-19 men’s cricket team coach, Daniel Gim, has chosen teen star, Abdulkareem Ridwan, as captain of the side, which is preparing for the eighth-nation Africa Division 2 World Cup qualifier billed to hold in Abuja from September 30 to October 9.

Gim, a former national player, who is now International Cricket Council certified level 2 coach, said that the country, in the past few years, has made statements with its youth side, adding that he is confident his team will justify Nigeria Cricket Federation’s (NCF) investment in it.

“We are hosts, and that on its own, comes with some level of expectation, but with the level of skill and management in place, I am sure the team will eke out respectable performance for the country when the game starts.

“Ridwan and his team mates are a major part of the cricket evolution and he has shown leadership,” he said. He listed the participating teams in the qualifier as Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, Mozambique, Botswana and Nigeria.

They are expected to produce one finalist that will move to the next stage of the qualifying series in Division 1. NCF’s Technical Director, Joseph Eshua, explained that the board has made arrangements to prepare the team properly and also the country plays good host to all the other seven countries featuring in the event.

“Our focus is to give the best possible preparation to our players, and I am currently with the team in Benin to give technical support to the players. I can assure you that the team is turning out well.”

“However, as the host, we also have a task to project the country through our international facilities and the hosting, which is being done too,” he said.

Eshua said that the two cricket pitches at the MKO Abiola ‘Package B’ Stadium, Abuja, are in their best shape ever with a number of upgrades that the NCF has incorporated into it of late.

“I believe we are hosting to showcase the investment we have made in our facilities and the growing talents that the sports have attracted through the continuous nation-wide grassroots development projects,” he said, adding that the country has in the last two years successfully upgraded six of its pitches to international turf wicket standard.

“While this very event, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Africa Division 2 Qualifier, is holding in Abuja, we have two other cities that can equally host an international event conveniently. This speaks of the level of commitment and the leadership of Uyi Akpata our current president,” he said.