ICC 360 Review Tour: NCF Make Moves To Establish Cricket at the Grassroots

Nigeria will host the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 360 Review Tour scheduled for 18th to 23rd of June 2019 at the M.K.O Abiola National Stadium, Velodrome, Package A’ in Abuja according to the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF). 

The NCF through a statement by its  Public Relations officer, Musa Ehiozoje Bodie revealed that the tour is a holistic assessment and screening of Cricket activities in Nigeria.

“The last two years of the present administration led by Prof. Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, has seen the growth and development of the game in the country metamorphose into a higher stratosphere thereby putting Nigeria on the global map of cricket in the world.

“Recent successes both on and off the field can be attributed to the structure, focus and corporate governance of the Board, improvement in administration, technical skill acquisition, Educational programs and lots more,” the statement read. 

The ICC 360 Review team is expected to arrive Nigeria on Sunday 16th June to engage Federation Board Members, Officials from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Staff and administrators, sponsors and potential sponsors, members of the Press/Media, Stakeholders, Players and non-players of the sports, parents of players, etc., in conversations meant to track and improve the fast growing game in the country. 

Also, the statement revealed that a grassroots initiative will be launched alongside the Review Tour. 

“Alongside the 360 reviews, the ICC CRIIIO grassroots development program will also be launched in Nigeria. The CRIIIO program is ultimately about changing the narrative of the game that it is ‘inaccessible and/or expensive to play, rather reflecting the truth which is ‘Cricket can be played anywhere and by anyone at any time; according to Andy Hobbs, Senior Manager, Development ICC.

The launch of the CRIIIO grassroots initiative is slated to hold at the Velodrome, Package A’ of the M.K.O. Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, on Tuesday 18th June 2019.