Nigeria’s senior cricket team is presently in London putting finishing touches to their preparation for the World Cricket Division Six championship, which begins on the 18th of this month in Jersey, United Kingdom.
A delegation of 13 players and 2 officials arrived in Cheltinham on Friday. It has been reported this will be the first time the team will go on any training tour ahead of a major tournament.
The Chairman, Media Committee of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Kayode Adeniyi, said the team has been scheduled to play five friendly games against five teams.
They will play: Heredfordhire Cricket Club, Brockamphamton Cricket Club, Free Forester Cricket Club, Wilshire Cricket Club and Notterne Cricket Club.
“These friendlies are so important because it will give our team more psychological preparations ahead of this important competition,” Adeniyi said.
“We cannot afford to miss this opportunity after the marvelous job the team did in Gaborone, Botsawana where they picked the promotional ticket to play in the league six championship.”
Nigeria qualified for the Division 6 championship alongside Vanuatu, who they defeated in the finals of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 7 in Botswana on Saturday April 13, 2013. They join Argentina, Bahrain, Jersey and Kuwait for the championship.
Nigeria ended the tournament top of the final rankings of the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 7; followed by Vanuatu, Botswana, Fiji, Ghana, and Germany.
In addition to the likes of Oladotun Olatunji and Captain Adekunle Adegbola, the team has also been joined in the UK by three professional players invited to beef up the squad.
“The invitations of Dotun Olatunji from Canada as well as Endurance Ofem and Saidi Akolade from London will surely help the team during this campaign,” Adeniyi added.