NCF APPROVES PLAYER SUPPORT SCHEME FOR NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS | (2010-02-03 )
The Nigeria Cricket Federation(NCF) has announced the implementation of a welfare support scheme for members of the Senior National team to further motivate them to perform maximally during tournaments. The support package is effective from January 2010 and will be on an annual basis.
This the NCF announced is to commence psychological and motivational encouragement of beneficiaries as the countdown towards the World Cricket League Division 7(WCL 7) which will be played in 2011 looms large on the minds of Board members.
Towards this, three seasoned players who have contributed to the course of the National team over the last ten years and who are still in prime form to contest for positions in the run-in to the WCL 7 would be on a monthly stipend of =N=30,000 to assist them in their educational pursuits. The three beneficiaries under this category are ENDURANCE OFEM, KUNLE ADEGBOLA and JOSHUA OGUNLOLA.
All the three beneficiaries are university undergraduates and the support scheme will be particularly useful to them.
Another category of two players SAHEED AKOLADE and JIDE BEJIDE will be supported with a monthly stipend of =N=20,000 being two of the most junior members of the team that campaigned in Guernsey last year and secured Nigeria’s first time ICC global ODI ranking of 39th for Senior teams.
This support scheme meant to place the players on a quasi-contract with the NCF will also allow the National body use the players for various roles as ambassadors, mentors and coaches during the period of the contract.
The process is in alignment with contemporary practice in the cricket world and is one of the items allowed under Associate Members’ budgets by the ICC.