NCF selects 25 cricketers for national U-15 team (sports)

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ABUJA – The Cricket Federation (NCF) on said it has selected 25 cricketers for the national U-15 male team.

Uthe Ogbimi, the team’s , told the News Agency of (NAN) Abuja that the U-15 national championship was used selecting the players for the national team.

He said the was an avenue to exhibit how far cricket was inculcated schools sports programme.

“These 25 selected players will become the standing U-15 squad that can fit into the team the future.

“We will take a closer look at them so that when the players are ageing we will have quality players that will take place.

“We want to ensure that the standard of in the World Cricket did diminish.

Ogbimi said the federation would be monitoring the players from zones.

“Federation has instructed coaches in the zones to keep a closer look at these players and pay more attention to developmental .

“ So that in few years to come they can form the bulk of the U-17 team,” he said.

Five regions participated in the just-concluded first national U-15 boys championship with South-West emerging champions after 134 runs ahead of .

The said South-West winning the did come as a surprise because has a Premier Cricket running.

“The championship enables us to assess the level of work going on in other zones like South-West which comprises , Ogun and states and has cricket developmental programmes going on over the years.

“The Premier Cricket’s , which is the best organise is going on in , and a lot of kids are being exposed to the game, while other regions don’t have such leagues.

“It is competitions like this we to showcase the amount of work that have taken place in other zones,’’ Ogbimi said.

He, however, said there was no international U-15 tournament which Nigeria would take part in for now.

“But we will continue to engage the players in national competition to develop their talents,’’ he said. (NAN)