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18 Nigerian Referees set for ICC Umpire Tutors' course, says NCF

Posted : 03 May 2024

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The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has taken a significant step towards enhancing the quality of cricket officiating in the country by inviting 18 local umpires to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire Tutors Course. Scheduled to take place from May 9 to May 11 in Abuja, this course aims to uplift the standards of cricket umpiring across Nigeria.

Emeka Igwilo, the General Manager of the federation, highlighted the importance of this course in advancing cricket officiating skills. He emphasized that the selected participants are individuals who already possess a deep understanding of the game and have the potential to share their knowledge with others effectively.

In expanding the reach of cricket officiating, Igwilo underscored the need for more trained umpires across various regions of the country. By empowering umpires with the necessary skills and knowledge, the NCF aims to elevate the quality of cricket officiating nationwide, thereby contributing to the growth and development of the sport.

The federation's efforts to promote cricket officiating have garnered recognition from the international cricket community, as evidenced by the collaboration with officials from the ICC for this training initiative. The involvement of ICC officials underscores the importance of this course in aligning with global standards of cricket officiating.

Importantly, Igwilo emphasized that the certification obtained from this course is not merely symbolic but carries a responsibility to actively contribute to improving the standard of cricket officiating in Nigeria. Participants are expected to apply their learnings and mentor young umpires, thereby fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the umpiring community.

The list of selected umpires reflects a diverse pool of talent from across Nigeria, representing various regions and backgrounds. This inclusivity ensures that the benefits of the course extend to all corners of the country, contributing to the democratization of cricket officiating expertise.

Overall, the ICC Umpire Tutors Course represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to elevate cricket officiating in Nigeria. By investing in the development of local umpires and fostering a culture of mentorship and continuous improvement, the NCF is laying a solid foundation for the future growth and success of cricket in the country.


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