Nigeria wins the ICC award in cricket


Nigeria has been declared the winner of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Initiative of the Year 2023 in Africa. The PwC National U-17 Championship, which has been running for five years, has played a significant role in this achievement.

The country was recognized by the ICC for its exceptional performance both on and off the field during the year under review, joining the ranks of 21 celebrated nations.

The ICC Development Initiative of the Year award acknowledges the exceptional development initiatives carried out during the year. Regional winners, such as the Nigeria Cricket Federation, have been recognized for their U-17 Cricket Championship, which has successfully provided competitive playing opportunities for boys and girls nationwide, as stated by the ICC in a recent statement.

Nigeria and other regional winners from other continents will now be entered into the voting process to determine the global awardees in each category.

The NCF president, Uyi Akpata, expressed his delight at receiving the award, emphasizing its perfect timing.

This award is a testament to the incredible impact of working together. PwC and several partners took a risk by supporting our developmental initiatives. Akpata expressed his satisfaction with the global impact and positive outcomes.

It is truly uplifting to see that the ICC has been closely monitoring and acknowledging the dedication of our team of cricket development officers and the federation’s board. We will only be motivated to push ourselves even harder.

According to Sam Abu, the Country Senior Partner at PwC Nigeria, the award is a confirmation of the game’s potential that they have recognized.

We are extremely proud of the global recognition our joint initiative with the Nigeria Cricket Federation has received. It serves as confirmation that the game has the power to inspire, empower, and prepare young people for making a positive impact on a global scale.

Nigeria will be receiving its fourth honor for its recent achievements in cricket, showcasing the country’s progress in the sport.

Nigeria has been recognized for its outstanding cricket developmental activities at the IDP camp in Edo State, as well as its successful girl-child enrolment initiative in Zamfara State. These achievements have earned Nigeria regional recognition and accolades.