CRICKET: Yellow Greens Come Up Short In World Cup Bid

Nigeria Cricket national team, the Yellow Greens, fell just short in their bid to secure qualification to the final ICC Men T20 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE after they finished third at the six-team ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers which took place in Kampala, Uganda.

Torrential rainfall had forced organisers of the rain-plagued tournament to call off the rest of the qualifiers with two games to spare, therefore granting Namibia and Kenya the two qualification slots on offer on the basis of games already played.

Namibia and Kenya, therefore, qualify to represent Africa at the final qualifiers in the UAE in November.

The Yellow Greens started off their campaign on a losing note after they fell to Kenya by 8 wickets before rallying to a maiden T20 victory against Botswana by 9 runs and then Ghana by 28 runs in their next two matches.

They were however denied the chance to make history after their matches against Namibia and hosts Uganda were called off following heavy downpour.

Nigeria has enjoyed a bit of renaissance in cricket in recent times and were participating in the qualifiers for the first ever time.

The U19 team, the Junior Yellow Greens, made history by securing qualification to the 2020 U19 ICC World Cup in South Africa – the first ever Nigerian team to achieve such a feat.