Nigeria May 12, 2009

Nigeria thwarted by visa delay

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.

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.”

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fanedlive on May 19, 2009, 15:14 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.

  • fanedlive on May 16, 2009, 19:00 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.

  • fanedlive on May 15, 2009, 19:08 GMT

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

  • fanedlive on May 15, 2009, 8:54 GMT

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

  • fanedlive on May 13, 2009, 18:36 GMT

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

  • fanedlive on May 13, 2009, 10:21 GMT

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

  • fanedlive on May 12, 2009, 21:37 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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