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Cricket was introduced to Cameroon as part of a project of the Commonwealth Students and Youth Development Organisation. The project, dubbed The Cameroon Cricket Outreach Program (CCOP), was initiated by Victor Agbor-Nso and had the objectives of using cricket to promote Commonwealth values and ideals, bringing cricket to Cameroon at grassroots level, and ultimately using cricket to attain other youth empowerment and development goals.
As the activities of this project gradually became more serious and popular, the ICC's Africa region office was contacted for more facilitation. The Regional Development Manager at the time, Hoosain Ayob, was particularly pleased as he had earlier made two trips to Cameroon in 2000 and 2001 to launch cricket but to no avail. At his discretion (because Cameroon was not yet an ICC Member), he invited Victor Agbor-Nso, to an ICC introductory course in Accra, Ghana in December 2004 where he was trained on the basics and how to implement the game in Cameroon.
As cricket grew in popularity, moves were made to create a national body to control and manage the game and Cameroon's ministry in charge of Sports and Physical Education for the formation of such a federation set conditions. On 15th February 2005, a ministerial decision officially recognised the Cameroon Cricket Federation (FECACRICKET) as the sole governing body of the sport in Cameroon.
Since then, FECACRICKET is forging ahead with its missions and objectives while CCOP continues to develop cricketers for Cameroon and empowering youth through cricket. FECACRICKET worked hard to meet ICC guidelines for Affiliate Membership and Cameroon was consequently admitted as an Affiliate at the Annual General Meeting in London on 29th June 2007.
The main domestic competitions include: the National Championship League, the Cup of Cameroon competition (in which four teams play on a knockout basis although it is hoped this will soon increase to between eight and 10 teams), and the national inter-schools tournament.
It should be noted that the greatest event in Cameroon cricket competition so far is the National Cricket Cup final, which is personally presided over by the Cameroon Minister for Sports and Physical Education. The trophy is a gift from the British High Commission in Cameroon.
The FECACRICKET development programme entitled VISION 2013 has as global objectives: making cricket popular in Cameroon and carrying it to the grassroots, improving the quality of the game already being played by Cameroonians, acquisition and development of equipment and infrastructure, education on coaching, administration, umpiring and scoring and stepping up media coverage, public relations and sponsorship drives for cricket. Also among its aims is initiating fund raising activities for Cameroon cricket.
Key elements in the development programme which targets both adult and junior cricket in Cameroon include the 'Taking Cricket to Schools' initiative (which is and adaptation for Cameroon of the successful South African Bakers Mini Cricket initiative), youth cricket clinics and holiday cricket camps, training courses for coaches, umpires, scorers, administrators and other stakeholders and the partnership with the Cameroon Cricket Outreach Programme.
FECACRICKET ensures that publications, documents meant for public consumption and educational cricket literature are all translated into French to facilitate communication, as Cameroon is a bilingual country.
Women's cricket has been an integral part of Cameroon's cricket development programme since 2005. Women and girls are afforded certain benefits such as free registration into the federation and cricket teams, incentives for creating female teams, specialised training, and, during the Cup of Cameroon finals and the annual cricket awards gala nights, special prizes are offered to outstanding female cricketers.
The fight against HIV/Aids and the spread of STDs as well as the campaign for responsible adolescent reproductive health is also an integral part of FECACRICKET's development programme. During FECACRICKET activities such as the Taking Cricket to Schools initiative, brochures, stickers, posters and banners are distributed and educational talks are conducted.