Vice Captain of Babatunde Raji Fashola, BRF Cricket Club, Endurance Ofem, says his  new position as the Secretary General of Club Cricket Committee, CCC, League will  not affect his performance as a player.

“I have always made  it known that whatever status I occupy either as  Vice-Captain of BRF CC, Vice-Captain of Nigerian Cricket National team or the  Secretary General of CCC League, my performance on the field will not be affected.  This is because playing cricket and involving in the administration of the sport are  two different things.”

During the season opener, where his team BRF CC defeated the Lagos Cricket  Committee League selected XI by 54 run, he said whenever he is on the pitch with his  teammates, getting the job done is his topmost priority.

He, however, regretted the absence of Ogun Rocks Cricket Club of Abeokuta that  pulled out of the league owing to financial constraints, which gave the Ibeju Lekki  Cricket Club 2 an automatic ticket to Division One.

He assured cricket enthusiasts, players and officials that the 2010/2011 season  would be a memorable one.

Meanwhile, the Special Guest of Honour and Commissioner for Youths, Sports and  Social Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, praised the Kwesi Sagoe-led board  of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF for the rapid growth of the sport at the  national and state levels in the last 5 years

The commissioner assured the federation and cricketers of the state the continuous  support of the state.

In her own reaction, Tayo Oreweme, who was once the secretary of the cricket  federation, is happy to be back home in the cricket fraternity. She expressed joy  over the level of growth the sport has attained in the country.

Meanwhile,  after about six months without cricket action, the prestigious Tafawa  Balewa Cricket Oval finally came alive  last weekend when champions of  the regular  season, BRF CC took on the Lagos Club Cricket Committee League selected XI in the  2010/2011 Cricket season’s opening match.

Cricket actions continue this weekend.

—Wale Joseph

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