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Trading soccer for wickets in Nigeria cricket boom

Updated: December 12, 2012, 10:11 AM ET
Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Near the parade ground that Queen Elizabeth II once toured when Nigeria was still 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.

"We want cricket to reach across the country," said Nigeria cricket federation president ...

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