MS Dhoni to open cricket academy in Singapore

File photo of former India captain MS Dhoni. Photograph:( Others )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 05, 2018, 06.10 AM (IST)

MS Dhoni is expanding the reach of cricket around the world. He is teaming up with the men and women’s cricket teams of Singapore to open a cricket academy.

The initiative intends to promote cricket at the grassroots level. 

The former Indian skipper will be in Singapore on January 20 to officiate the opening ceremony and will also interact with the students who have signed up to the academy.

Dhoni aims to establish up to 12 other academies in Asia. Recently he inaugurated his first cricket academy in UAE.

"Sports should be an essential driver for the development of a child’s character. Apart from being fit, you can learn leadership and other important aspects of life via sports. Every kid should play an outdoor sport. MS Dhoni Cricket Academy is not only about producing cricket talent but our academy’s vision is to guide a kid to become a champion in life via sports," said MS Dhoni.

The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy is the second academy outside of India and gives children and adults the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the game.

The academy will follow a structured curriculum developed by Dhoni while Singapore cricket legends, Chetan Suryavanshi, Chaminda Ruwan and Diviya GK, will work with Dhoni to implement his curriculum.

Dhoni has one of the best records as captain of India, having won International Cricket Council (ICC) trophies in all formats of the game: World Cup in 2011, World T20 in 2007 and ICC Champions trophy in 2013.

Josh Ghosh, CEO, Academia7, said, "Cricket as a truly global sport is in its infancy. The popularity of cricket in the Indian subcontinent parallels a religious fervour and it is just starting to gain broader recognition elsewhere. We are very excited to begin this journey and bring cricket development to Singapore and progressively to the rest of Asia."

"Cricket is not just a sport, it teaches leadership, trust, determination and a lot more. MS has, time and again, demonstrated how cricket can positively shape personal development. The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy in Singapore will bring skill development beyond just the technical aspects of cricket", said Mihir Diwakar, CEO, Aarka Sports. Diwakar represented India in the U-19 World Cup.