Nigeria has been selected as one of the three African nations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy tour, which will take place on August 29 and 30, before this year’s competition in India.
The trophy will be received by the board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) before being handed to the newly appointed Minister of Sports Senator John Enoh in Abuja on Tuesday, August 29.
The trophy will be received by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and will also be on public display at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval on Wednesday, August 30.
NCF president, Uyi Akpata, claimed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy’s second visit to the nation is evidence of Nigerian cricket’s advancements over the previous five years.
“Nigeria will be a major stop for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy that is presently on tour of 18 countries globally, and that is major for us. Being the second successive time in Nigeria is a huge win for our developmental effort.
“I believe the back-to-back trophy tour of Nigeria, first in 2019 and now in 2023, shows how Nigeria, as an emerging cricket development hotbed, is key for the continent. And this is an appreciation to those who have, and are still sacrificing to see the game attain an enviable height in the country,” he said.
Nigeria qualified for its first World Cup in 2019 by winning four international development prizes between 2019 and 2023.