Adegbola Adekunle Phillips is a Captain of the Nigerian National Cricket Team and is also the Regional Development Officer for the North Central Region. Adegbola joined the National team in 2002 and has spent more than a decade, representing Nigerian National Cricket Team. In an Interview with Vishal Yadav, Adekunle expresses his desire of playing for Indian Premier League. He feels that more publicity and better Cricket grounds can further steer the growth of Cricket in Nigeria. Adekunle is also involved in spreading Cricket across different schools.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Adegbola Adekunle Phillips
Date of Birth: 11 Feb 1982
Playing Role: All Rounder
Batting Style: Right Hand Middle Order
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium Fast
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
NATIONAL TEAM CAPTAIN / REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER. Player and a coach
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
YES, 1994 TO DATE. CLUB CRICKET & ACADEMY. NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
YES, FOUNDATION CRICKET CLUB 1985
PRESENTLY PLAYING FOR FOUNDATION CRICKET CLUB AND EMPLOYED AS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR NORTH CENTRAL BY THE CRICKET FEDERATION.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
MY CLUB IS CELEBRATING 30TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. THE CLUB HAS MAJORLY FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING YOUNG TALENTS BY HELPING THEM BECOME HEROES. The way forward is to focus more on Good Facilities and Suitable Grounds for the game
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
FOUNDATION CRICKET CLUB(facebook)
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
INTRODUCTION OF CRICKET IN MORE GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN MY REGION; Namely:- GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, JABI. GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL,GARKI. GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL,WUSE ZONE 3.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY IN THE IPL AND ALSO ATTEND ANY AVAILABLE COACHING COURSE
PLAYED FOR BURGGES PARK COLT CRICKET CLUB IN 2009/2010.
PLAYED FOR BLACKHEALTH CRICKET CLUB 2nd DIVISION IN 2009/2010.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
ABSENCE OF TURF WICKET, INADEQUATE FACILITIES & TOP CLASS COACHING.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
MORE PUBLICITY AND PROVISION OF GOOD GROUNDS ADEQUATE FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
FOUNDATION CRICKET CLUB(LAGOS)
IBEJU LEKKI CRICKET CLUB(LAGOS)
BENVIC CRICKET CLUB(PORT-HARCOURT)
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?