Captain of Australia’s U19 Cricket team Mackenzie Harvey has praised the Junior Yellow Greens of Nigeria following their match at the ongoing ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
Three-time U19 cricket champions Australia scored a straightforward 10 wicket victory over the Nigerians who were making their debut at the tournament.
It was the first competitive loss the Nigerian U19 cricket team had suffered in over a year after they qualified for the tournament unbeaten through two qualifying campaigns.
Following the game at the Diamond Oval in Kimberly, Harvey whose side lost their opening game to the West Indies on Saturday was full of praise for the Nigerians whose presence at the 24-team tournament he said was a testament to the fact they belong among the world’s top teams.
And despite their loss at the hands of his team, Harvey said the Nigerians can take pride in competing at the global level regardless of the outcome of their games.
“I guess it’s just tremendous to be part of this world cup firstly,” Harvey said.
“Any team that’s made it here has obviously got some skill to make it this far. So, I reckon they should be really pleased with themselves to be at this world cup, though they may not get the runs on the ball or take wickets, but just to be in this sort of tournament is tremendous on its own. I reckon they should be really pleased with themselves for coming this far.”