Nigeria Creates History to Qualify for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup
In what could be entertained as a historical moment for the Nigerian cricket, the Nigerian Cricket Team has qualified for their first-ever Under-19 World Cup after two-wicket victory over Sierra Leone. The 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup will kick-off in South Africa. And it will be their second overall World Cup to host in their country.
The journey to the massive tournament of Nigerian cricket has grabbed the eyeballs. It’s a moment to relish as Ugandan cheered the team for producing a hard-fought battle in the African continent.
As the 13th edition of the U-19 World Cup has a lot on an offer for distinct teams, Nigeria at the same time aims for a watershed moment in the cricketing landscape.
A road to the glory:
The world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) has also released a video of Nigeria celebrating their victory.
Nigeria qualify for next year's ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup!
Look how much it means to the players! Isn't cricket great?! pic.twitter.com/hcwxHc61cF
— ICC (@ICC) March 23, 2019
One among the sweetest victories came in Namibia during the recently-held African qualifying tourney. Thus, it has secured a spot for Nigeria in the Youth ODI World Cup
“Nigeria made history as they qualified for next year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup for the first time, after beating Sierra Leone by two wickets in the Africa qualifying tournament in Namibia,” ICC tweeted on Sunday (March 24).
Nigeria made it to the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup:
Earlier, Nigeria were chasing the target of 139. Also, in between, the team had a scare by losing six wickets at the score of 87. However, Peter Aho has played a significant role to take his time out of dire straits. He scored crucial 21 runs to see his side home in style.
Furthermore, the team has confirmed their berth at the global tourney with players expressing joy following a hard-fought victory.
ICYMI: Nigeria made history as they qualified for next year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup for the first time, after beating Sierra Leone by two wickets in the Africa qualifying tournament in Namibia.
— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2019
In 2018, India under the leadership of Prithvi Shaw has lifted the World Cup by routing Australia U-19 by eight wickets at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Back then, Manjot Kalra slammed a fine ton. Besides, Shubman Gill’s consistency has won him the Player of the Series award on February 03, 2018.
With Nigeria making it to the global competition, it would be interesting to see how far they could go in the tournament.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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