Cricket legend and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 36, is set to launch his academy at the St. Patrick School in Singapore on 20 January 2018.
This will be the second academy that Dhoni has launched outside India. The first one was opened in Dubai last year.
According to FoxSportsAsia, the academy will follow a structured curriculum developed by Dhoni, which famous Singapore cricket names Chetan Suryavanshi, Chaminda Ruwan and Diviya GK will work to implement.
Dhoni: “Every kid should play an outdoor sport”
In a statement released on Friday, the former India captain highlighted the importance of sports in the development of a child’s character.
“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,” Dhoni stated.
Registration for Dhoni’s academy started in December and, to date, more than 200 children have signed up. The right-handed batsman will be in Singapore on 20 January to officiate the academy’s opening ceremony.
MS Dhoni captained the India team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. During his captaincy, India won the World Cup in 2011, the World T20 in 2007 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.