Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: Cricket Federation Rule Out Pros for Africa T20 Tourney

First Vice President of Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF, Dr. Yahaya Ukwenya, says the federation has ruled out Nigeria's foreign based players for the ICC-Africa T20 Cricket Championship, which holds in Kampala, Uganda next month.

At least 16 players from the home front are currently in the final phase of camping. They are training at the TBS Oval, Onikan, Lagos ahead of the Africa tournament, which will hold from 23-26 February this year.

Ukwenya disclosed that the plan of the NCF is to prosecute the ICC-Africa T20 competition mainly with home based players who are in camp jostling for slots to represent the country at the tournament.

"Our plan is to take home based players to the ICC-Africa T20, which will be held in Kampala next month. Occasionally in the tournament like this, we used to have some foreign based players especially from the United Kingdom in our team, but this time around, we are thinking of only the local players.

"However, if at all we will accommodate any professional, it will be a Canada based player, but I'm not sure if he can make the final list," Ukwenya said.

The Vice President of the NCF said the 16 players in camp are in good shape and ready for the competition. The players were selected from the 30 players earlier called to the first phase of camping by the federation.

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