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Cricket: Over 300 players to feature in Under-17 zonal qualifiers

Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says over 300 players expected to feature in forthcoming zonal female qualifiers of Under-17 National Cricket Championship.

By Ijeoma Okigbo

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) said over 300 players were expected to feature in the forthcoming zonal female qualifiers of the Under-17 National Cricket Championship.

Taiwo Oriss, the Secretary General of the federation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, that more players were expected to register before the deadline of the competition, sponsored by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

“As at 3p.m today, Jan. 14, we have registered 205 players, the deadline for registration is noon on Friday, but before then, we are expecting more players to register.

“So far, we have some states that have indicated interest, while we are also waiting for others.

“We currently have three states from North Central, four from South West, three from both North West and South East and five from South South.

“We have no entries from North East and this is understandably due to the insurgency in that area,”Orissa said.

The NCF official added that the mandatory online registration also affected the number of entries received.

“Sometimes due to internet issues, the documents of players may not be updated as soon as possible, but we expect that before the deadline, everyone will be captured,” he declared.

Oriss also said preparations were on top gear ahead of the two-day competition to commence Saturday, Jan. 16

“The competition is going to be played at the zonal level.

“States within the zones are going to converge at a location and play against each other with a winner emerging thereafter.

“So, states have started traveling to their various locations for the tournament,” he said.

NAN reports that the best players from the zones would be selected to represent the region in the finals of the tournament scheduled for Jan. 29 to Jan. 31. (NAN)