Sports council seeks partnership with Akwa Ibom on cricket promotion 

The International Cricket Council (ICC)  is arriving in Nigeria on a tour to visit Akwa Ibom, one of the two states where the game of cricket has progressed rapidly in the last few years. 

State coach of the Akwa Ibom State cricket team, Bassey Odungide disclosed this after leading a delegation including the national team captain, Blessing Etim on a visit to the government house, where he met with the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Enobong Uwah in his office. 

Mr Odungide who also met with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso, disclosed that, among all the female cricketers in the national female team, five players are from Akwa Ibom state, with Blessing Etim as captain.

Speaking with journalists after a visit to Government House, the head coach, of the Akwa Ibom cricket male and female teams, Bassey Odungide, said the International Cricket Council was ready to breathe a renaissance to Cricket development in the state, and that the choice of the state was a result of the progress recorded in recent times by the state cricket teams. 

Mr Odungide disclosed that Akwa Ibom is recognized as one of the two top cricket states in Nigeria, hence the decision of ICC to partner with the state for further development of the game of cricket. 

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