Olumide Akintokun is a Captain of Ibadan Metropolitan Cricket Club (IMCC) based in Nigeria. IMCC was founded in the year 2005. As the years passed, the Club grew and bagged several awards and achievements to its name. Olumide and his team has been a pillar to this Club. Olumide started playing Cricket in 2002 and it's been 13 long years in his Journey. Over the years, Olumide kept on improving. Some of his personal achievements include the Award for Best Bowler and Most Improved Cricketer of the Year for the 2005-2006 Season. Olumide is also involved in organising Cricket events for the Community. Global Cricket Community would like to appreciate Olumide and his team's incredible efforts.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Olumide Akintokun
Date of Birth: 27th April 1982
Playing Role: Opening bowler
Batting Style: Right-hand
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Address: Lekki Ajah, Lagos.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Currently, I captain my team (Ibadan Metropolitan Cricket Club) and we have just been recently promoted to play in Division 1.
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?
I currently play cricket and I've been playing since 2002.
I played for my University at the 2002 Nigeria University Games (NUGA) where we finished as runners-up.
I also played for Oyo State at the 2004 National Sports Festival in Abjua.
I have been invited on a number of occasions for national trials (for the senior national team) but unfortunately never made the final cut.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for Ibadan Metropolitan Cricket Club (IMCC) which was founded in 2005.
Before joining IMCC, I had played for clubs like Kings' College Old Boys' Association Cricket Club (now defunct) and Government College Ibadan Old Boys' Association Cricket Club.
I currently work with one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria.
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?
In 5 years, in addition to consolidating our top-flight status, I see my team competing fiercely for the top titles in Nigerian cricket.
To improve our cricket, we need more funds to strengthen our squad, get more playing equipments and motivate our players financially.
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.
My team, IMCC, just won the Club Cricket Committee League Division Two; thereby gaining promotion to play in Division One. Throughout the season, IMCC lost only one match and finished 8 points clear on the log.
Last month, during the Easter break, IMCC organised a "cricket weekend" in Ibadan. The yearly event is open to any and every cricket-loving person. The event seeks to bring together old and young cricketers, provide avenue to network and gives a platform for stakeholders to discuss and forge a development plan for cricket in Oyo State and in the nation as a whole.
My personal achievements include:
Winner, Best Bowler (Division Two) Award, Club Cricket Committee League, Nigeria. 2005/2006 Cricket Season.
Winner, Most Improved Young Cricketer Award, Club Cricket Committee League, Nigeria. 2005/2006 Cricket Season.
Silver Medalist (Cricket), Nigerian University Games (University of Ibadan 2002).
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)?
Yes, I will certainly like to visit India to further enhance my knowledge and give me a whole new experience of playing on turning wickets. Also, I hope to take on coaching after my active years, so the coaching camp will be of great importance to me.
If an opportunity comes for me to visit another cricket-loving country aside India, it will be Australia.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
A major challenge being experienced in Nigeria is the playing facilities. The pitches are not up to standard and are not well taken care of. Another challenge is awareness: most people do not even know that cricket is being played in Nigeria.
In our own little way as individuals and as a club side, we have invested resources in young, promising talents and have given them a platform to showcase their skills and talents. We have testimonies of a few players that have been called up from IMCC to represent Nigeria across all age levels.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Funding will take care of most of the challenges we have. Although, the funds have to be channelled properly so that the efforts and resources will not be in vain.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
b. Government College Ibadan Old Boys' Association Cricket Club (GCIOBACC)
c. Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I will like to nominate Ibadan Metropolitan Cricket Club (IMCC) for a free website from GCC.
The reason is because it presently has a website which needs development and improvement. And it will also give us wider reach in our bid to propagate awareness about the game to the grass-root level across the country.