Trading soccer for wickets in Nigeria cri

Trading soccer for wickets in Nigeria cricket boom
Associated Press

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Kaduna state, cricket team celebrates after dismissing Rivers state cricket bats man of a wicket during the 18th National sports festival in Lagos, Nigeria. Near the parade ground that Queen Elizabeth II once toured when this nation still was under British rule, the sharp crack of a ball against a bat marks the rebirth of a colonial sport now finding a second life. Cricket, once the preserve of Nigeria’s educated elite, is finding favor in schools for poor children and in the streets of some of the nation’s most violence-torn cities. Yet cricket has a long history in the country. British colonialists introduced the game to boarders in Nigeria’s top secondary schools in the 19th century. Nigeria played its first recorded international game in 1904 against present-day Ghana, local cricket officials say. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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