Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF)’s national development manager (South), Tonye Timinadi has said that Nigeria’s U-19 male cricket, Junior Yellow Greens, will be going all out to prove bookmakers wrong at the forthcoming ICC World Cup in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will hold from January 17 to February 9, 2020.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports ahead of the championship on Nigeria’s chances who will be making debut appearance at the world cup, Timinadi said that the team’s never die attitude is an asset to bank on, saying that the team will pull out surprises despite been grouped alongside former champions, Australia, England and West Indies.
“We are in a group of death but we are expecting the team to pull out surprises. Though this is our first appearance in the World Cup, we believe in the boys because they are record breakers and they want to make Nigerians proud in South Africa”.
“Some people say that the ICC put us in a group, that we cannot qualify because of all the opponents in the group like Australia who are three-time world champions, England, two-time champions in the U-19 category and West Indies also two-time champions. But we are hopeful that the young lads will prove bookmakers wrong and perform beyond expectation,” he said.
Timinadi however called on the technical crew to improve on their tactics especially on the bating department of the team before the start of the competition.
He described the world cup as an avenue for Nigerian players to showcase themselves and be scouted by agents and universities for scholarships.
“The world will be looking at Nigeria and Japan who are making their debut at the World Cup, which is good for the players to unleash their talents to the cricket world, because some scouts and universities who give scholarships to the young stars will be on ground to watch them play.”
The Junior Yellow Greens are expected to play warm-up matches against Pakistan and South Africa before they begin their world cup campaign against Australia on January 20.
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