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26.07.2006 Cricket

Cricket Tournament Comes Off This Weekend

By CITY NEWS
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A new lease of life will be pumped into Ghanaian cricket with an under 14-junior cricket tournament this weekend.

The one-day tournament, which takes place this Friday at the Achimota cricket oval will feature teams drawn from four schools and will compete for a trophy provided by the Ghana Cricket Association.

The competition, which is targeted at improving junior cricket in Ghana, is collaboration between the Ghana Cricket Association and UK based Non Governmental Volunteers Organization, Travellers Worldwide.

According to the Organisers, the organization of the junior tournament is a major step towards fulfilling the requirements for Ghana to reach the International Cricket Council (ICC) next level of cricket, the affiliate status.

Ghana is currently an associate member of the ICC, which means the country's cricketers receives limited amount of funding from the cricket body.

Representative of Travelers International in Ghana, Mr Tom Thorlton in an interview with CITI SPORTS said that there's enough potential in the country to build a strong cricket league.

According to the Cricket coach, the level of Cricket in Ghana can only improve.

A British coach is expected in the country in the next few days to offer technical supervision to the Cricket Association.

The national cricket team placed third at an ICC tournament in South Africa earlier this year after an impressive showing against some of the best cricket nations in Africa.

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