Abuja – Kayode Adeniyi, a member of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) board, on Monday said Nigeria bungled an opportunity to gain promotion to the Division Four of the World Cricket League.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Yellow Greens of Nigeria participated in the Division Five of the league from May 21 to May 28 in Jersey Island.
The team finished last, below five other teams, failing to gain promotion to the Division Four, which was the team’s target.
Adeniyi told NAN in Abuja that Nigeria has now been relegated to the regional level and could now only play within the region.
“We failed to gain promotion and failed to also remain in Division Five, so we are back to the region.
“Participating in the region means that we are not in any division, so we cannot play international matches now, we can only play regional (NWACC) tournaments.
“NWACC means North West African Cricket Council, which is for the North and West African regions. It means we can only play against countries in these two regions,’’ he said.
Adeniyi, who is also the Chairman of the FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said Nigeria’s failure was rather unfortunate.
“ Division Six also has been scrapped by the International Cricket Council (ICC), few days to the commencement of the tournament in Jersey.
“We (NCF) also heard that Division Five will be scrapped as well, because they (ICC) are no longer giving financial assistance to countries in Division Five.
“It is just teams in Division Four that they (ICC) are taking care of. So, I think we bungled that opportunity.
“I do not know if I should say that the players did not do their best or that is how far their strength could take them.
“It was just unfortunate,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that Oman and Jersey gained promotion to Division Four, while Guernsey, Vanuatu, Tanzania and Nigeria, who also participated, failed to advance.(NAN)