10 May 2007

Cameroon: Cricket Gaining Grounds in Cameroon

After recognition by the state, it now has a functioning national league and cup competition.

One would think with the centre stage occupied by football, will not allow the development of any other game in Cameroon. On the contrary, Cameroon has proved to be hub for talents in all sports disciplines. Barely two years after cricket was introduced in Cameroon, Cameroonians are manifesting interest in the game by day. The popular participation of the Bamenda public during the launching of the 2007 cricket season in Cameroon remains fresh in the memory as ocular proof of the popular dimension the game is beginning to acquire in Cameroon.

During the Commonwealth Day celebrations, Cameroon scored her first international victory in the game of cricket. They beat a Commonwealth selection by 40 runs to 39comprising nations from countries where the game is well established like India, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, Australia and Jamaica. The match was organised Cameroon cricket federation in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education as well as the Ministry of External Relations as part of activities to mark the Commonwealth week in Cameroon.

Despite the path covered, the president of the Cricket federation, Victor Agbor Nso, says the federations still has plans to extend the game to other towns in Cameroon.

To attain this objective, the federation organised a seminar in Bamenda for coaches, administrators, umpires and other stake holders in cricket, on the basics of the game such as batting, bowling, wicket keeping, field and other notions of cricket management. The federation also offered some cricket equipment to the Bamenda bureau, to enable them practise the game. A gesture that the president of FECACRICKET says will be extended to other provincial headquarters of Cameroon with Buea as the next stop. There is also a super match in view to pit the league champion, CCOP Pioneer Cricket club against the cup winner, Warriors of Yaounde.

The establishment of the game in Cameroon has been thanks to support from the British government through its embassy in Yaounde which has always provided logistic support to the federation. The British High Commissioner to Cameroon, Syd Madicott, was on the field of play in the match against Cameroon, just to drum-up support for the Game which like football, originated from his country.

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