President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF Emeka Onyeama has said that the organisation would soon construct two international standard cricket pitches at the National Stadium in Abuja.
Onyeama, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, disclosed that work on the project would commence on 17April this year.
He explained that the aim for the construction was to provide conducive playing pitches to boost Nigeria’s chances of securing the hosting rights for the 2016 Cricket World Cup.
NCF President revealed that the N200 million for the project will be provided by the federation’s new sponsors, Montage Cable TV.
According to him, “We want to be able to host cricket World Cup and invitational tournaments from countries all over the world because Nigeria is a very big market. We want to use this ground to commercialise the game in Nigeria and also to reach out to many countries to ensure quality matches are played here on a weekly basis.”
He said that the Television stations will be expected to buy broadcast rights, adding that they cannot do this if they do not have an international standard grant.
Onyeama said work on the pitches, covering 22.5 hectares, would be completed in three months ahead of the National Cricket Club League in September this year.
He enjoined all lovers of the game across the country to support the federation so as to make cricket widely acceptable in Nigeria sports circles.

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