May 12, 2009

Nigeria

Nigeria thwarted by visa delay

Andrew McGlashan

Nigeria’s participation in the ICC World Cricket League Division 7 tournament, which takes place in Guernsey from May 17, was in the lap of the gods after it was revealed that players were struggling to obtain visas to enter the UK.

Speaking to Cricket Europe, Endurance Ofem, the side’s 16-year-old wicketkeeper, said that the British High Commission had not processed applications for visas. “As things stand now, realistically, we might not be making the UK tour but we can only hope that the embassy releases our passports with visas. The players are disappointed at the British High Commission but remain focused for the job at hand.”

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Posted by Tayo Okus on (May 19, 2009, 16:14 GMT)

And the Nigerians won their first match against Japan, phew... i've always known they can do it just that the jet lag and conditions on ground (cold weather and tuft wicket) was just not in their favour,looking at the short hours they spent to acclimatize. Come on boys show them Nigerian cricket.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 16, 2009, 20:00 GMT)

All the best to all the teams, esp. Nigeria who got hardly any time for preparation in Geurnsey. The visa issues should have been thought about at the time of deciding the venue.

Posted by babu siddiqi on (May 15, 2009, 20:08 GMT)

This is not first time.the same thing happend to many players.

Posted by roland on (May 15, 2009, 9:54 GMT)

Visas finally issued yesterday, the team hoping to get to Guernsey just in time for the first game on Sunday.

Posted by Michael Meade on (May 13, 2009, 19:36 GMT)

The same thing happened to Suriname with the Americas Division 1 tournament in Florida.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 13, 2009, 11:21 GMT)

These administative issues should have been thought about at the time of deciding the venue.

Posted by Roland on (May 12, 2009, 22:37 GMT)

A couple of corrections, Endurance is not 16, more like 26 and he doesn't keep wicket anymore (except in emergencies). Still no visas though

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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