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Nigeria sacks it's entire Cricket Team

The Nigerian Cricket Federation disbanded the country's men's cricket team and sacked its coach after it failed to do well in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament held in May. 

The Nigerians finished last among six teams that played the tournament and could only win one game. Led by captain Kunle Adegbola, they had a good start in the tournament by defeating Tanzania by 6 wickets but then they lost consecutively to Oman, Guernsey, Vanuatu and Jersey. Nigeria then lost the fifth-place decider match against the very opponents they beat in the first match-Tanzania. 

Emeka Onyeama, president of the Nigerian cricket body, announced the decision while addressing a press conference. He also mentioned that the team went through three phases of camping over two months and 40 players were assessed in this period and the best 14 were chosen for the national team and that the Federation was very upset as all these efforts went down the drain. The President expressed his disappointment by saying that even daily allowances of $50 for the pre-tournament phase and $100 for the tournament days were paid in full before the team left for the tournament which was a deviation from the board's norms. 

The Nigerian cricket also had an Indian link as the federation hired a coach certified by the BCCI to assist the team's head coach. Onyeama said Shriram Ranganathan, a Level-A coach certified by the BCCI was hired to help Nigeria get promoted to Division Four but all efforts were futile as the team finished at the bottom. The federation chief mentioned that a rebuilding process would be undertaken whereby players with passion will don the national colours. A new coaching crew would also be appointed. 

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