Lagos – Five Nigerian cricketers who participated in the U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in the African Division One in Namibia last August are to take part in the Elite Academy in South Africa.
George Wiltshire, the General Manager, Nigeria Cricket Federation, made the announcement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Wiltshire said the players would leave for South Africa on Feb. 9 for the clinic holding from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14.
The former Lagos State Cricket Association chairman said the cricketers distinguished themselves at the qualifiers and that their nomination for the elite programme would enhance their performance in the sport.
“The training in Benoni, South Africa, is designed by the Africa Cricket Association and the International Cricket Council to enhance the cricket skills of the players,” Wiltshire said.
Namibia, winners of the tournament, had the highest number of eight players selected for the programme.
The Nigerian cricketers are the Anyia brothers, Ben and Olusola; as well as Olumide Adeniran, Oluwaseun Adeboro and Adebayo Ogunbayo.
The senior national team will feature in the Africa Premier League 20-20 Championship in South Africa from April 22 to April 28 and the World Cricket League Division Seven in Botswana.
The Botswana tournament will take place from May 1 to May 8, while the team will train three weeks in March ahead of the competition.
COurtesy – NAN