EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
The Edo State Cricket Association, says it will build three news practice nets across the state in a bid to promote the game in the state .
The association chairman, Uyi Akpata disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the state 2016/2017 Secondary Schools Cricket League/Senior League, in Benin on Saturday.
He also said part of the 2017/2018 strategy plan to promote the game, is to increase the number of participating secondary schools that play the game from 7 to 15.
Akapta stressed that aside the plan to re-grass the Edo Boys High School cricket pitch, the association would get kits for each of the secondary schools that would participate in the league.
He also disclosed plan to purchase additional junior facilities and kits for the quarterly clinics as well as provide audio visual facilities for training. The chairman noted the state’s plan to attract three major sponsors to support the game in 2017/2018 and host a U-19 South South event for boys and girls.
“We also plan to host a national 20/20 event and have an over 40s senior invitational event with funds to be raised for charity,” he stated.
He disclosed plan of the state association to align and be actively involved in activities of the national body.
Speaking on the 2016/2017 season, he said, “We have had a short but very exciting first cricket season, following the relaunch of cricket in Edo.
“The primary objective of the board was to reignite the interest of the game across all levels in the state. Am sure with the success of this season, we have firmly established the platform for the game to grow in years ahead. With the interest generated in this first year, we hope to bring more schools on board next season.”
Speaking at the occasion, the President, National Cricket Federation (NCF), Emeka Oyeama, lauded the Edo association for the relaunch.
According to him, “Edo in the South South region has always been a power house in the development of cricket and it gladdens my heart to see this factory that has manufactured excellent cricketers for the country has been revived”.
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