Bizarre: Nigeria sacks its entire cricket team!
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We have seen drastic measures being taken when a cricket team fails miserably in a tournament. Now, taking things to a different level, Nigeria Cricket Federation reportedly disbanded the entire men’s cricket team alongside their Indian coach after the side failed in the ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament held last month.

The African side finished at the bottom with a solitary win over another African side Tanzania, but they lost to Oman, Guernsey, Vanuatu and Jersey. Jersey went on to be the eventual champions and Nigeria later lost the fifth-place match against the Tanzania, the only side they had earlier beaten in the tournament. READ MORE: Virat Kohli congratulates team India on their victory against Zimbabwe

Lost despite high payments!

The usual rate of player allowances was US$25 to US$50 before the administration came in. However, the players were paid an allowance of US$50 during the pre-tournament phase and US$100 for the tournament, and all money was paid in full before the side left for the tournament. Also, the players were assessed over two months and according to the board president Emeka Onyeama, the best 14 cricketers were chosen.

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The federation even sacked coach Shriram Ranganathan, a Level-A coach certified by BCCI. The team will see a rebuilding phase and many of the Under 19 players will be seen drafted in the side, along with a new coach. READ MORE: When a celebration turned into an injury on cricket field

The episode had an India connection too. The federation hired services of a coach certified by the BCCI to assist the team’s head coach. Onyeama said Ranganathan, a Level-A coach certified by the BCCI was hired to help Nigeria get promoted to Division Four but all efforts came cropper as the team finished at the bottom.

The federation chief said a rebuilding process will be undertaken whereby U-19 players with passion will don the national colours. A new coaching crew will also be put in place.