By Esther Babajide/ Oluwaseun Fadugba
He said that the centres would be located in Abuja, Lagos, Benin and Ibadan.
Akpata also said that it was sad that Nigeria crashed out of the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
He said that the defeat would not discourage the federation but it would prompt it to invest more in facility development during the year.
According to him, in the last-two-and-a-half years, nobody gave the federation any chance of being at the world cup so soon.
“We have no less than 120 cricket playing nations across the world; the U-19 grade occupies the 15th position in the world and the third position in Africa.
“Through such partnership, we will jointly take the game to an enviable height,” he said.
He added that the federation would also pay attention to the U-12 grade which would serve as serve as the feeder team to the U-19.
Also the coach of the U-19 team, Uthe Ogbimi, said that the team won their playoff match against Japan with eight wickets.
Ogbimi said that the federation had a lot to do such as organising regular trainings for the athletes, especially, at the early stage.
“The journey starts now having been to the world cup; Nigeria now knows that it is possible to be at the peak,” he said.
The ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa will end on Feb. 9