The Cricket World Cup is touring three African countries, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa, ahead of the One-Day International World Cup, which begins in India later this month
The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, will be receiving the Cricket World Cup Trophy on Tuesday in Abuja.
Pulse Sports reported that the Cricket World Cup is touring three African countries, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa, ahead of the One-Day International World Cup, which begins in India later this month.
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The World Cup will arrive in Abuja, on Tuesday before landing in Lagos on Wednesday for Public display at the cricket Oval of Tafawa Balewa Square.
The President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata, has said that the Sports Minister, John Enoh, has promised his entire support to the Federation for the country's two-day hosting of the Cricket World Cup Trophy.
Uyi stated that, aside from the game, the Trophy Tour of Nigeria will provide stakeholders with a deeper engagement with the top hierarchy of the International Cricket Council who will be participating in the Tour on game-related topics.
He added that it will also serve as a showcase for the country's different cultural manifestations.
The Nigeria Cricket Federation has also announced that the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, will receive the Cricket Trophy as well as a team of cricket stakeholders during this time.
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He said, “Despite the short time the Minister has settled down before our request came in to play our chief host for the World Cup, he has embraced it, and also pledged magnanimous support for the event.
“There are expectations from the International Cricket community on the growing influence of the game in the country, and that puts Nigeria squarely as a major cricket-developing nation, in the world today.
"Uyi said that aside from the game, the Trophy Tour of Nigeria will afford the stakeholders a closer interaction with the top hierarchy of the International Cricket Council who are part of the Tour on issues around the game. He said it would also be a ground to show off the diverse cultural expressions that the country is blessed with.
“Of course, the Minister, as the chief host, will receive the World Cup Trophy and will also be engaging the ICC officials during the process, but we plan to give a unique Nigerian welcome to the Trophy and the team of ICC officials that would be coming along.
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“We are looking forward to a grand reception for the World Cup trophy during its two-day Tour of Nigeria. We, more importantly, would like to use the occasion to galvanize more support for the game, and also appreciate all stakeholders for the support they have lent the game over time.”
The Trophy will tour a few landmarks in Abuja before settling for public viewing at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.