Vice Captain of Babatunde Raji Fashola, BRF Cricket Club, Endurance Ofem, says hisÂ new position as the Secretary General of Club Cricket Committee, CCC, League willÂ not affect his performance as a player.
â€œI have always madeÂ it known that whatever status I occupy either asÂ Vice-Captain of BRF CC, Vice-Captain of Nigerian Cricket National team or theÂ Secretary General of CCC League, my performance on the field will not be affected.Â This is because playing cricket and involving in the administration of the sport areÂ two different things.â€
During the season opener, where his team BRF CC defeated the Lagos CricketÂ Committee League selected XI by 54 run, he said whenever he is on the pitch with hisÂ teammates, getting the job done is his topmost priority.
He, however, regretted the absence of Ogun Rocks Cricket Club of Abeokuta thatÂ pulled out of the league owing to financial constraints, which gave the Ibeju LekkiÂ Cricket Club 2 an automatic ticket to Division One.
He assured cricket enthusiasts, players and officials that the 2010/2011 seasonÂ would be a memorable one.
Meanwhile, the Special Guest of Honour and Commissioner for Youths, Sports andÂ Social Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, praised the Kwesi Sagoe-led boardÂ of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF for the rapid growth of the sport at theÂ national and state levels in the last 5 years
The commissioner assured the federation and cricketers of the state the continuousÂ support of the state.
In her own reaction, Tayo Oreweme, who was once the secretary of the cricketÂ federation, is happy to be back home in the cricket fraternity. She expressed joyÂ over the level of growth the sport has attained in the country.
Meanwhile,Â after about six months without cricket action, the prestigious TafawaÂ Balewa Cricket Oval finally came aliveÂ last weekend when champions ofÂ the regularÂ season, BRF CC took on the Lagos Club Cricket Committee League selected XI in theÂ 2010/2011 Cricket seasonâ€™s opening match.
Cricket actions continue this weekend.