After a remarkable career spanning over 19 years, Onikoyi Ademola (P4), former captain and wicketkeeper of the Nigerian national cricket team, has announced his retirement from international cricket. Ademola, whose national debut for the senior team dates back to 2004, leaves behind a legacy of dedication, skill, and sportsmanship that has left an indelible mark on Nigerian cricket.

Ademola’s journey in cricket began at the junior level, where he honed his skills playing for Methodist Boys High School. Over the years, he showcased his talent for various club sides and state teams, including the Lagos State Cricket Team, Kaduna State Cricket Team, Howzat Pioneers, Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club, St Gregory’s Old Boys Association Cricket Club, Simba Cricket Club, London Nigeria Cricket Club, and Sheen Park C.C. His consistent performances and leadership qualities earned him recognition at both domestic and international levels.   

In his official statement, Ademola expressed his gratitude to all those who supported him throughout his illustrious career. He thanked his teammates, coaches, families, friends, the Nigeria Cricket Federation, fans, critics, supporters, cricket families, and well-wishers for their unwavering support and encouragement. Ademola acknowledged the role of each individual and entity in shaping his journey and expressed his deep appreciation for their contributions.

“It has been an honour and privilege to wear the country’s colours and represent our team,” said Ademola. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported me on and off the field throughout my international playing career. From the coaches to teammates, families, friends, Nigeria Cricket Federation, fans, critics, supporters, cricket families, and well-wishers, I am forever thankful for the push throughout those long years of service to this wonderful nation, Nigeria.”

Ademola’s retirement marks the end of an era in Nigerian cricket, but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers. As he embarks on a new chapter in his life, Ademola expresses his commitment to carry the lessons learned from cricket with him forever.

“Although I am closing this chapter of my life as a player, I will carry all the lessons learned with me forever,” Ademola said. “I am truly honoured to have had the opportunity to represent Nigeria, which I did with big pride on the cricket field.”

As Onikoyi Ademola bids farewell to international cricket, the cricketing fraternity extends its heartfelt appreciation for his contributions to the sport. His leadership, skill, and dedication have left an indelible mark on Nigerian cricket, and his presence will be sorely missed on the field. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and hope that his legacy will continue to inspire generations of cricketers in Nigeria and beyond.